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Monday, November 24, 2014

Equip all police officers with cameras





People act differently when a camera is on them or on their actions.  It's called the Hawthorne Effect. People modify their behavior under inspection. It makes them, in general, act better.

This has now been shown to reduce incidents of violence; http://phys.org/news/2014-12-scientific-police-body-worn-cameras-unacceptable-use-of-force.html

Let's reduce the confusion and reduce the leeway police have to act inappropriately by making them wear a camera during their shift.  It helps for evidence.  Anyone who attacks a police officer knows it. The evidence cuts both ways - it can justify good behavior and incriminate bad behavior.  That is fair to all. It won't eliminate confusion but it will shed more light on what went on.

How much have the Ferguson riots damaged the economy?  How much would the cameras be?