Study show cops wearing cameras don't attack folks as often

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Study show cops wearing cameras don't attack folks as often

Postby Brandon » Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:03 pm

http://libertycrier.com/petition-state-cops-must-wear-cameras/

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Petition Your State Reps: All Police Must Wear Cameras

September 10, 2013

(Here is the PDF report showing the results)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.hipchat.com/33/3817/rc4wgppgd39lrns/130408%20Rialto%20AXON%20Flex%20Cambridge%20Study.pdf

The facts are in. Watched cops are polite cops.

From Reason.com:

“Earlier this year, a 12-month study by Cambridge University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, California, required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88% and the use of force by officers dropped by almost 60%. Watched cops are polite cops.”

Massively reduced police violence? An incredible reduction in police officer complaints? Tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars potentially saved nationwide in reduced payouts to victims of police abuse?

How can we say no to putting cameras on cops?!

Lets face facts, not all police officers are good. There are plenty of stories about bad cops doing horrible things to members of the public every single day. Plenty of police officers will abuse the power of their position to take advantage of members of the public. Police will steal, rape, plant drugs on innocent people, and much more. Isn’t it worth the simple step of putting cameras on cops to deter bad cops from taking advantage of the public’s trust?

Of course on the flip side some police officers are good people who do their best to do their job as they understand it. Well, cameras benefit good cops too. Having a camera on can be the only way a good cop can fight back against false claims and complaints made against them. And just as watched cops are polite cops, watched people are polite people too.

Cops wearing cameras is a win/win for everyone.

How do we do it?

We petition our State Reps to require that all police officers wear cameras at all times they are interacting with the public.

We’ll need your help to make this happen. Can you take part in any of these three calls to action?

1.) Sign the petition (top right of page).

2.) Contact us if you would like to be a part of our petition delivery team. With your help we’re creating a petition delivery network to make sure State reps hear our voices.

3.) Spread the word to your friends, family and social networks.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Petition text:

We, the undersigned, demand that all police officers in our state be required to wear cameras at all times they are interacting with the general public.

Real world tests where police officers have been required to wear cameras have shown that police violence drops by 60% and complaints against police officers drop by 88% when cameras are worn by officers.

The reduction in violence and improved relations between the public and the police are worth the effort alone but when we think of the millions saved in reduced costs from lawsuits by victims of police violence there can be no question about what we need to do.

Please draft and support legislation that requires all police officers to wear cameras at all times that they interact with the public.

It’s time to make this common sense approach to policing a reality.
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