There is no denying the fact that police misconduct is a problem in many cities throughout the United States, with New York City having its fair share of issues over the years.
While many measures have been implemented to help cut back on the number of police misconduct incidents throughout the city, one New York City official is hoping to make a major change for the better.
Public Advocate Letitia James feels that police officers should wear body cameras, as this would help cut back on the potential of misconduct.
She wants a pilot program implemented in which patrol officers in some of the city’s precincts would wear body cameras, with hopes that this would eventually reach all departments.
She said, “We are living in an increasingly technological world, and we should take measures to incorporate video cameras into policing to improve public safety.”
According to a police spokesperson, the department is looking into the feasibility associated with the use of camera technology.
James feels that the use of body cameras would actually save the police money, cutting down on the $152 million spent last year on police misconduct claims.
There is no place in today’s world for police misconduct. This holds true regardless of the location or what the accused person has done. Some cities, such as the Big Apple, have a bigger problem with this than others. In the event that police treat somebody in an inappropriate manner, the victim has the right to consider his or her legal options, which could mean filing a claim against the officer and associated police department.
Source: Fox Business, “NYC official calls for police body cameras as a check on misconduct by officers” Aug. 12, 2014