Police body cameras have changed very little as officers’ training and legal authority still encourage and justify excessive use of force, asserts German Lopez of Vox. Even when video evidence was available during a trial, officers weren’t convicted for needlessly ending the lives of black men and boys. Current laws allow an officer to use his gun if he feels threatened in any way. This highly lenient policy, coupled with police training that doesn’t encourage de-escalation but taking control of the situation by any means necessary, makes body cameras useless. The problem of police violence runs far deeper than a simple lack of evidence.
Police body cameras have made interactions between officers and civilians more positive while keeping both of them safer, reports Nick Wing of the Huffington Post. Their introduction resulted in a significant drop in complaints against the police, use-of-force by officers and injuries to either civilians and officers according to certain studies. Both groups stayed calmer knowing that they were being monitored. Most officers saw body cameras as a good thing and were willing to continue wearing them. Statistically, the cameras made the more likely to de-escalate situations. Body cameras have been shown to be a benefit to everyone.