Make it a criminal offense for police officers that fail to turn on their body cameras.
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Body cameras are a tool used by law enforcement to prove what they're saying is true. By recording police-citizen encounters, police supervisors, defendants, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, reporters and others can get objective evidence of what happened instead of self-serving hearsay. Polls indicate that most people support the use of body cameras by police, however, body cameras are only effective when they are turned on. We, the undersigned, believe that all law enforcement officers should be required by state law, to wear body cameras while on duty and that those cameras should be turned on prior to every interaction with the public for law enforcement purposes, subject to guidelines considering the need for citizens' privacy in certain situations and at certain locations. Officers should be held accountable for violation of such a law. Furthermore, we believe that the failure of an officer to activate his or her body camera prior to interaction with the public for law-enforcement purposes - if that interaction leads to the arrest of an individual - should be deemed a failure to preserve exculpatory evidence and should be the basis for the dismissal of criminal prosecution against that individual. Interaction with law enforcement should never turn into a your word against theirs type of situation, requiring them to use their body cameras in every situation would eliminate the possibility of that happening anymore.
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