Add a "Shots Fired" Feature to All Axon Police Body Cameras

Add a "Shots Fired" Feature to All Axon Police Body Cameras

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People for Police Accountability and Public Safety started this petition to Axon Enterprise, Inc.

All too often Officers don't turn their body cameras on during a shooting incident.  A common excuse is that "it happened so fast I didn't have time".  This is a problem that can be solved by technology.

Axon Enterprises Inc. makes the majority of body cameras used by American Police.  They effectively have a monopoly on the market and the majority of their revenue (~$350 million/yr) comes from police departments using our tax dollars to buy and maintain body cameras for their officers.

Cities across America have installed systems that can detect gunshots.  These systems can differentiate between gunshots and fireworks and cars backfiring or any other loud bang.  This same technology should be adapted for police body cameras.

If one of Axon's body cameras detects the sound of a nearby gunshot, the camera should automatically turn on so that the officers A.) don't have to worry about fumbling for their body camera switch while being shot at and B.) can't claim that they didn't have time to turn it on.

Additionally, the Axon body cameras should be able to continuously store 1 minute of footage at all times.  This should be done in a manner which is not persistent, meaning that the 1 minute of footage being constantly recorded is also constantly being deleted unless the camera detects a "shots fired" situation.  This way, data which is not relevant to arrest activity will not be stored so as to protect people's privacy, and we can also see what happened in the minute before any shooting started.

If Axon would implement these features into their body cameras, we would never have to hear that the officers forgot to or were unable to turn on their cameras.  Your tax dollars are the main source of revenue for Axon Enterprises Inc., and you have a right to ask Axon to implement this feature to both increase police accountability and make everyone safer.

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