Make turning on the body cams MANDATORY EVERY TIME police engage the public
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Make turning on the body cameras MANDATORY EVERY TIME police engage the public instead of discretionary. Although police body cams and dash cams are widely distributed, the use of them is discretionary, rather than mandatory. The intent of the cam footage is currently to guard officers and departments against wrongful prosecution, and does not effectively shield the citizenry. There is evidence of abuse of power, and wide belief by the people that murder is taking place under color of authority. Violence is resulting. Currently, Departments are being allowed to police themselves, which is inherently a farce. This is creating resentment which has now reached the level of outrage. The sworn oaths of officers of the law dictate service, and protection, yet discrete video taken by citizens at large reveals that in too many cases, officers are defying their oath with virtual- if not actual- impunity. At the time of this writing, millions of American citizens and in particular, minority communities, fear that they are being unlawfully slain with great regularity. This fear is driving too many to irrational and even violent thoughts. Civil rights are being violated in large part due to this failure of the civil authorities to act in defense of the populace. Again: Make turning on the body cameras MANDATORY EVERY TIME police engage the public instead of discretionary.
- To counter this trend, and save the lives of both citizens and our heroic and vital officers of the law, we must compel them to honor the oaths they have sworn. Make turning on the body cameras MANDATORY EVERY TIME police engage the public instead of discretionary. Honorable policemen and women will not fear this, and would obey with alacrity. To these valiant protectors, such a law would be a simple rubber stamp. All others are part of the problem this great nation is facing; even the root of it. They bring shame on good cops, and are causing great hatred to be directed against them. All right-thinking officers and citizens desire to root out the 'bad apples' among the ranks of the police. Though the vast majority of officers uphold the law and defend civil liberty, now ALL must be made to do so. They should fear retribution for destroying the lives of citizens of EVERY race or creed without just cause, and for failing to make every effort to lawfully arrest violators without deadly force. Make turning on the body cams MANDATORY EVERY TIME police engage the public instead of discretionary. This is not the case at this time. We must bring universal truth and verity to the noble efforts of the lawmen and women, and to the performance of their functions. They will benefit greatly from this compulsion, and the people will feel themselves to enjoy protection from their government, and from the police force that actually engages them on a daily basis. This is the logical next step in the honorable effort to enact good policies in law enforcement.
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