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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Smile: Equipping cops with body-mounted cameras gains steam in Calif., N.Y."

From The Washington Times:

Since implementing the body-mounted cameras, Rialto's police department saw a drop in the use of force from 60 incidents in 2011 to 25 the following year, CNN reported. Citizen complains went from 28 to three within the same time period. The city has 115 officers for a city of roughly 100,000 people.

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CNN reported that American Civil Liberties Union’s position is that the technology currently “places too much power in the hands of officers and not enough in the hands of the public,” but supporters say such concerns are overblown. Its advocates say body-mounted cameras are incentive for cops to be on their best behavior.

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