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Old 07-16-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Cops with Cameras: 88% less complaints, 60% less used force

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THE Rialto study began in February 2012 and will run until this July. The results from the first 12 months are striking. Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.

Rialto’s police officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often — in 25 instances, compared with 61. When force was used, it was twice as likely to have been applied by the officers who weren’t wearing cameras during that shift, the study found. And, lest skeptics think that the officers with cameras are selective about which encounters they record, Mr. Farrar noted that those officers who apply force while wearing a camera have always captured the incident on video.

As small as the cameras are, they seem to be noticeable to civilians, he said. “When you look at an officer,” he said, “it kind of sticks out.” Citizens have sometimes asked officers, “Hey, are you wearing a camera?” and the officers say they are, he reported.
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Cops with Cameras: 88% less complaints, 60% less used force

Good. Responsible for actions at last. I see all the hidden camera traffic stops on YouTube are making an impact.
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Too many police officers are nothing more than uniformed thugs. This should definitely be mandatory.
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I'd support any politician pushing for this at the State level
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They are the 99%.
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Great news. They need to do this to all police to hold them accountable.
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+1. (all lozers in high school. their way of making up for lost time, especially in the boys locker room.)
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99% of cops are uniformed thugs?
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This is how it always should be. I think it's absurd that a police officer's word will always take 10x more weight than yours in court. They more or less have the ability to say what they want. I realize there are plenty of good cops out there, but that doesn't stop the bad ones from making **** up on a power trip.
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The camera is a great idea for police officers who need to be babysat.

I can see this being problematic for officers who actually do their job. How many times are they going to second guess their instincts resulting in either an ineffective and/or delayed reaction?
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The camera is a great idea for police officers who need to be babysat.

I can see this being problematic for officers who actually do their job. How many times are they going to second guess their instincts resulting in either an ineffective and/or delayed reaction?
If they're doing their job the right way, there shouldn't be any second guessing.
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If they're doing their job the right way, there shouldn't be any second guessing.
For most people having an audience influences one's behavior regardless of whether they're upstanding or not. You'd be naive to think otherwise.
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This is how it always should be. I think it's absurd that a police officer's word will always take 10x more weight than yours in court. They more or less have the ability to say what they want. I realize there are plenty of good cops out there, but that doesn't stop the bad ones from making **** up on a power trip.
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For most people having an audience influences one's behavior regardless of whether they're upstanding or not. You'd be naive to think otherwise.
True, but I think most officers who act like dicks and go on power trips are pretty conscious of the fact that they're acting like dicks. In a do or die situation, the cop's awareness of his camera is essentially zero. In a routine stop, you can bet that the cop will be more wary. And that's a good thing.
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Great idea to keep these morons in check.

Do officers have the ability to turn them off? Who decides what footage is made public, leaked to media, or put on youtube because it's funny.

The real winner in the end will be the LOL thread...
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The camera is a great idea for police officers who need to be babysat.

I can see this being problematic for officers who actually do their job. How many times are they going to second guess their instincts resulting in either an ineffective and/or delayed reaction?
Why? Cameras are tiny these days. Put on your uniform, punch in, click a button, and go about your day. I don't see how this is problematic. Those with authority over the citizens should be on a VERY tight leash. If you don't do anything stupid, you have nothing to worry about.
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