Originally Posted by cheeseit
I'm not saying that it is an easy job far from it. Don't get me wrong I greatly appreciate what everyone sacrifices to do what you folks do.
What I take issue with is the 0.00001% who give the profession a bad name. I think the cameras on LEO's would be a positive thing for them because
A) it would clear them from any wrong doing when they are in the right.
B) it would remove any cloudiness from a situation.
It would probably give people a new perspective to what is actually happening in a situation like this when it's shot from a PoV angle instead of by random by standers. Just out of curiosity how would you feel about a camera on the LEO's person?
My department got a government grant for body cam's. Me and about 15 other guys have been guinea pigs and have been wearing them for a few weeks. The nice thing about them, is they pick up most audio, whereas my dash cam works great when I'm outside, but as soon as I go inside, the mic doesn't pick up much.
They have the same problem though, any time you are running or fighting with someone, all you hear is static. Same thing with the video. The camera is hooked to the middle of my shirt, along the buttons. So when I run, the camera bounces all over. In the times that I've fought with people with it on, it doesn't pick up much detail of the fight, until its over and I'm looking at the guy handcuffed. Most times you can't tell what technique I used, or what the bad guy had specifically done.
Overall, as far as recording what we say or do, its probably better than our dash cams. I don't have any problem with them, but then again I've never tried to cover anything up. However, if you think body cams are the solution to all LEO problems, your dreaming. Its just like anything else in life, if people want to do something wrong, they are going to no matter what deterrents you put in place. Drugs are illegal, people still get them. Make guns illegal, people will still get them if they want them bad enough. Same thing applies to police work, if someone makes up there mind to be a "bad cop" its going to happen regardless. Personally, I don't necessarily view it as a "cop" thing, as much as I view it as a "human" thing.