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Should Cops Wear Cameras
Should Cops Wear Cameras

AIR DATE: February 27, 2012

The video footage of Henderson police holding down and kicking a man who was having a diabetic seizure has many wondering if more cameras would help deter bad behavior by cops and citizens alike.  After the incident in Henderson, Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie says he wants all his officers to wear cameras.  The latest technology is cameras worn on glasses, like a bluetooth.  Would these cameras really make a difference?  Would they deter bad behavior?  And what's to keep a cop from just turning the camera off?  Are they tamper proof?
Steve Tuttle, VP of Communications, Taser International

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I don't agree that the psychologist's statement is absurd at all, and here's why: I have lived in LV for more than 30 yrs. In the past, I found Metro police to be polite, concerned, and professional, but I have noticed over the past few years a definite change in attitude on their part. I have found them to be unfriendly and even seem to have a chip on their shoulder, and I'm not talking about any "encounters' I've had with them, just trying to get information or ask a question. Where I used to feel secure and protected by Metro, now I feel that I want to stay away from them and that some of them seem to be lacking in empathy and even somewhat hostile. They scare me and as a woman in her 60's, I don't like that feeling.
Vanessa (Las Vegas)Feb 24, 2012 10:19:52 AM
Since technology like drones is being put in place by the police against the American citizens why can't technology be put in place to help protect citizens from Abuse from the police.We all know it occurs all the time and this Only makes sense.
Dr. Jason KurusoFeb 24, 2012 09:57:38 AM
I have no problem with officers wearing portable cameras to give a more intimate, personal perspective of themselves and what they go through. They're public agents thus they must have the same checks that many public agencies must go through. Since they deal with the public directly, cameras are those kind of checks. This will help the public, especially minority communities, trust the officers and may develop a healthy relationship between them. This could change the dynamics of "protecting and serving" for the better. I simply don't see how it could hurt or hinder a police officers capabilities, especially if they're supposed to be expertly trained to handle intense situations.
SkyFeb 24, 2012 09:44:06 AM
As a psychologist, it is clear from the video tht there is a form of institutional brutality and violence existing within various law enforcement agencies. The kicking of a ill man being held down by other officers, who were clearly at the time under no threat from him, and receiving no sanction or punishment for the event illustrates institutional denial of what is a large and expanding problem. Remember, this was recorded on video and it did not prevent the unseemly violence. You cannot change an institutional culture through photographic exposure if there is no process apart from the law enforcement agencies by which to do it.
Gary WatersFeb 24, 2012 09:25:45 AM
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