Police body camera’s provide accountability -- Reid Watson

October 10, 2017

It’s 2017. Police brutality can be captured by the touch of a phone screen.

This ability has sparked many people to record interactions with police. Instances of police brutality have been captured on video including the shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. These incidents and many more have started protests around the nation. But not all of these instances have been captured on camera.

Now, police departments around the country are considering putting body cameras on their officers. This is a win-win for both sides. Police can show their day to day struggles, review how they could have handled a situation -- and when they are in the right, show how they were in the right.

For activists, such as those with Black Lives Matter, this is also a win. Now there will always be a camera to record what is happening, and recordings can be used as evidence in lawsuits. Many on both sides of the argument are embracing the idea of body cameras.

While it’s expensive, and the system has flaws, the use of body cameras has many benefits for everyone.

Reid Watson, Cotttage Grove