Body Cameras and Police Reputation

Body Cameras and Police Reputation

The body camera policing has gained popularity in the fight against police brutality. When Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an African-American in the year 2014, many pieces of the shooting remained unclear. Twitter users posted the dead victims photo on the platform, and there was a public outcry about the shooting. Though the jury dropped the charges against the officer, it has never been clear what happened. However, it is agreeable that the public blames the officer for the shooting. It has become a norm for the public to favor the victim whenever a brutality case against an officer becomes public knowledge. This has negatively affected the reputation of the police department and initiated the use of body cameras.

Just as the public is using social media to affect the law enforcement negatively, the police department can revive its reputation by posting the body camera footages on social media. The law prohibits the public from accessing the body camera footages, and in cases of police brutality, the social media opinions are usually in favor of the victims. It

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