Have state governments decide on implementing police bodycameras
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On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer after fleeing from a robbery. Different accounts suggested different parties at fault. With a lack of concrete evidence, Michael Brown's loved ones were deprived of an answer and the officer was held exempt from punishment. Had there been a body-camera on Officer Wilson, a different scenario may have occurred. Currently, a three-year program budgeted at $75 million is being used by the Justice Department to provide law enforcement with body cameras. However, organizations such as the Boston Police Union deem the devices as ineffective in its ultimate goal of police accountability. By reallocating such a budget to states in favor, the decision is not only better spending but also more beneficial to our safety and trust in our police departments as well as for those who have been affected by similar events.
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