For many years, I and many others have contended for human camera (and authorities interrogation cameras) to be used in every jurisdiction. Regardless of the obvious value of these cameras, jurisdictions like Los Angeles County have resisted and still do not have this simple protection for the two officers and citizens alike. Likewise, prosecutors in cities like Chicago long opposed the filming of officers by taxpayers. The recent controversy over a traffic stop at L.A. shows the value of these body cameras. The officer was just able to show his side in the encounter because he compensated for his own camera. It’s absurd that Los Angeles County forces officers to cover their own cameras to ensure a listing of these encounters. In LA County, it’s bring your own camera (BYOC) or engage in policing at your own risk.
The African-American teacher is shown in the video instantly assaulting the hispanic officer using a litany of racist slurs and insults from calling him a”murderer” and”Mexico racist” to telling him that he will”constantly being Mexican” and”never whitened .” Police say the girl is well known for bringing excellent charges against officers.
Here’s the body cam video of the April 23 incident in San Dimas:
My anger at the video wasn’t only over the racist slurs but the fact that this officer had to equip himself at Los Angeles.
As a lot people have claimed for 20 years, these cameras shield officers and the people alike. If this officer didn’t have this videotape, this could have been an incident in which there are two wildly different accounts involving the driver and the officer. If a harassment claim is filed, the issue will probably be treated as unproven rather than untrue. It would stay on the officer’s album that he was accused for racism and harassment.
Still, there’s absolutely not any anger at the governmental leaders in Los Angeles County for the failure to supply this simple item of equipment. This past year was the first deployment of human anatomy cameras in town for LA sheriffs. Los Angeles police officers began using body detectors in 2015.
When many politicians are now calling for human anatomy cams, it wasn’t long ago that they stayed silent on the matter or failed to object (or joined) as police departments needed delays in the launch of these documents. In April 2018, the LAPD began releasing body cam footage into the public out of officer-involved shootings.
Among those issues delaying such setup has been the insistence of officers to get better control in turning on and off cameras. There should be no such debate concerning the cameras functioning as all times in people movements and encounters.
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