Are Body Worn Cameras Causing Police Officers To Hesitate?

"Are body worn cameras causing police officers to hesitate?"

GWRI 102 21 A
Anthony Garcia
August 17, 2016


Abstract

Whether you believe in the police or whether you believe that police are criminals there is no doubt that there is an underlining issue in America. Turn on the news at any time of the day and there is a new video of "police brutality" or a video of some protestor burning the American flag. This paper will point your views into a new direction. It will make you rethink your approach towards this issue and will hopefully make you realize that the answer to police issues is not as ...

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while at the same time informative. Over the last six months I have seen two outstanding officers hesitate due to cameras and almost getting hurt because of it. Yes, uses of force incidents are down but so are the interactions of officers with civilians. So is an officer just driving by a potential burglar or suspect that they would usually stop but aren't because they're worried they can get in trouble since everything is now recorded on camera? This topic will help answer my biggest fear, are we hesitating to act.
In the 1960's community orientated policing or COP'S was introduced as a new mind set for police officers to have that focus on the community first and "criminals second". This COP'S mindset is enforced by agencies across the nation. The purpose is to have every community to have knowledge and information on the officers that patrol their areas. Since then, a new era has come upon us. The new era is body worn cameras on police officers. Since first introduced in ...

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so are public interactions and so are arrest, therefor the numbers are not as clear cut positive for cameras.
The reason the number of interactions going down is scary is simply because that means police officers are not coming in contact with potential criminals. Since Miami Dade County instituted its mandatory police body worn camera program, violent crimes have sky rocketed. Since the beginning of 2016, 1 in 96 crimes in Miami Dade are violent. That number may not be too bad until you compare it to 1 in 185 for the rest of Florida. A violent crime is a crime in which an offender uses or threatens force upon a victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, ...

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