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In this article, Jon Vorpe lists the pros and cons of police officers having body cameras. Since the uproar of the Mike Brown case in Ferguson, President Obama announced a $263 million plan to provide body cameras and training to officers throughout the country. The pros that Vorpe listed include: prevention of police abuse in the future, positive results where body cameras are being used, and the building of better trust between law enforcement and the community. The cons that Vorpe listed include: they will be a major invasion of privacy, the uncertainty of officers obeying the policies regarding the body cameras, and this may only be a temporary solution to big issues such as racial profiling and police brutality. Vorpe mentions that both sides contain valid viewpoints on whether or not the body cameras will be effective.
Both the pros and the cons that Vorpe pointed out are all very true, and it will be interesting to see if the body cameras will be effective once placed in the departments. I believe that the pros outweigh the cons in this situation. If the body cameras are able to reduce or stop police brutality or racial profiling then they are absolutely worth it. Also, many communities now have such a poor outlook on law enforcement and like Vorpe, I hope the body cameras will be a way to rebuild that trust. However, the one con that really concerns me is the invasion of privacy. For instance, what happens if an officer arrives at a rape scene or answers a domestic violence call, or even a murder scene? There could potentially be some leaking of information from the video getting out. I would like to see the plan for what happens to the video taken by the body cameras.
In addition, it is sad that it took an incident like the Mike Brown case and the uproar in Ferguson to want to put into effect a plan trying to solve police issues. There are many people who are racially profiled or abused by police and it goes unnoticed but because this case caused so much chaos throughout the country, the president then decides to do something about it.