Pros and Cons of Police Body Cameras

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that 66% of officers and 93% of the public favor the use of body cameras by officers to record interactions with citizens. People are often divided on whether cops should wear body cams. Here are some of the pros and cons of each side.

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The main pro of body cams is that the footage can be used for evidence. The ability to use the footage later on in a court of law if necessary is a huge benefit. Without this footage, your case may be severely lacking, depending on what the case is about. But the fact is, footage from both police body cameras and police dash cameras can be incredibly useful in a court of law. On the other hand, a con is that police body cameras can limit the privacy of both law enforcement and civilians. Another concern some people have about police body cams is the actual quality of the footage. While it isn’t possible for it to be perfect due to officers’ movements, lighting, and other factors, it’s likely that there could be blurs or lags in the footage, which can make it hard to properly interpret.

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