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Changing Police Culture – Will Body Cameras Work?

Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Chicago Police Misconduct Attorney

In light of the non-indictment outcome in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama has proposed a spending package of $263 million over three years to expand and improve police training, including the purchase of body-worn cameras. The purpose of the cameras is to monitor the actions of police and their interactions with the public.

Per Obama, the larger reason for this proposal is to quell a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.” And with the cameras, it’s about improving police relations. According to the Police Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that studies policing, research has shown that body cameras help resolve disputes, therefore improving relations between community members and police.