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Calls for 'Cop Cams' Coming after Missouri Shooting

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 10:06 PM EDT

Experts across the aisle are calling for police to wear recording devices after incidents such as in Ferguson, Missouri where there are many questions after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Though authorities have spoken to the officer accused and people who say they were witnesses, there are many missing pieces of information.

Some people are now calling for police to wear body cameras at all times.  

"If body worn cameras had been in place there would be an objective account of the events that could at least be assessed for if the use of force policy was followed or not," said Chris Rickerd with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Though the ACLU traditionally supports less surveillance, they believe in this case it would benefit the innocent party.  

"It would exonerate the police officer if the allegation of abuse were false but also [...] provide an objective account of what happened," Rickerd believes.

The so-called cop cams that are already in use are made to clip onto an officer's lapel or sunglasses.

In a one year study in Rialto, California, the use-of-force by officers wearing the cameras dropped 60-percent and complaints went down 88-percent.

A Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute agrees the technology could help police by providing evidence but says if widely adopted, it should come with restrictions.

"As they record what the police is doing they are also recording often what citizens are doing perhaps storing that, perhaps making it searchable. If the film is there and is being stored for some period of time someone else will want to use it, warns Walter Olson.

Calls for 'Cop Cams' Coming after Missouri Shooting


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