Ferguson, Mo., where the events surrounding the police shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown have resulted in an escalating he said/she said of accusations and protests, is aflame. Stories of demonstrations, looting, calls for calm and police brutality are igniting tempers and burning up front pages.
The incident and its aftermath are forcing examinations - of the role of race, sex, the power of authority - and are bringing forth many questions. Among them, how do we best monitor those who are tasked with monitoring the public? Should manditory body cameras be required for all police officers?
Communitites throughout the nation (including Rialto, Calif., and Washington D.C.) have implemented manditory body cameras for police officers. Los Angeles County is presently considering one such program.
Do you believe body cameras should be required for police? Which of the below most reflects your beliefs about the need for/effectiveness of body cameras for police? (Choose up to 2)
Body cameras should be required for officers. They encourage better behavior from both the offending and arresting parties.
54% (77 votes)
Body cameras should be required for police officers. They act as impartial witnesses to offenses.
51% (72 votes)
Body cameras should be required for officers. They have been proven to reduce incidences of police brutality and have assisted with combating false police brutality claims.
30% (43 votes)
Body cameras should be required for officers. On-dash cameras do not provide enough key information in questionable cases.
20% (28 votes)
Body cameras should not be required for police officers. Other methods of oversight, including proper training and relying on eyewitness accounts, should be enough to ensure officers are acting in accordance with the law.
5% (7 votes)
Body cameras should not be required for police officers. They are cost prohibitive and unnecessary.
4% (5 votes)
Body cameras should not be required for officers. They have not been proven to reduce incidences of police brutality or assist with combating false police brutality claims.
2% (3 votes)
Total voters: 142