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house Bill H. Res. 295

Should the House Support Police Body Cameras?

Argument in favor

Body cameras help both civilians and police. They make police more aware of their actions, thereby reducing violent interactions, and provide them with evidence when there’s a lawsuit — evidence that could acquit police. It’s a win-win.

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08/11/2015
"We need to federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable." [berniesanders.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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08/11/2015
"there's been a lot of talk about body cameras as a silver bullet or a solution. I think the task force concluded that there is a role for technology to play in building additional trust and accountability, but it's not a panacea." [cnn.com]
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tea's Opinion
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07/24/2015
Body cameras would help police become more cognizant of their actions; because, you know, sometimes it is difficult to notice when you're putting a nonviolent civilian in a chokehold.
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Argument opposed

Body cameras don’t work. They’re not going to stop bad cops from beating people up— police have killed people on video — and they’re going to make good cops feel micromanaged. This is pointless.

LibertyForAll's Opinion
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08/02/2015
This is a State/Local issue, that should be voted on as such.
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Eric's Opinion
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12/05/2015
Put a body camera with audio on the president. all members of congress and the Supreme Court justices 24/7. They're committing more crimes and are involved in more conspiracies against the American people than all law enforcement officers put together.
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ark4162's Opinion
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06/11/2015
Not the federal government's call. Leave it to the local municpalities. They know what's best for their district. Also if something isn't working chances are there's a model in a similar city somewhere to follow and fix it.
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    "We need to federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable." [berniesanders.com]
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    This is a State/Local issue, that should be voted on as such.
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    "We have to give strength and power back to the police. You’re always going to have bad apples... [but] the police have to regain some control of this crime wave and killing wave that we have in this country." [thinkprogress.org]
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    "there's been a lot of talk about body cameras as a silver bullet or a solution. I think the task force concluded that there is a role for technology to play in building additional trust and accountability, but it's not a panacea." [cnn.com]
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    Body cameras would help police become more cognizant of their actions; because, you know, sometimes it is difficult to notice when you're putting a nonviolent civilian in a chokehold.
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    “Number one, cops have a right to go home and see their families at night. And number two, everyone — regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status — has a right to be treated with dignity and respect..And the only way that happens is if we see one another…and that only happens if we know one another.” [fox2now.com]
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    The cameras, as proven in the city of Rialto, "reduced both violence towards civilians by police and by police towards civilians." This could only have positive effects.
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    "ought to be some consideration of ... expanding cameras (and) certainly more training," Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/politics/clinton-bush-share-stage-florida/
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    However!! NOT to turn on and off at Officers choice...Should remain ON AT ALL TIMES during on duty, unless on own personnel time
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    "I wish in retrospect that we had been leaders and implemented body cameras as well," [nationaljournal.com]
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    Body cameras would not only serve to protect citizens against police brutality but would also be a protection for police officers against false accusations or as a testimony to support their actions. As long as the cop isn't doing anything sketchy both parties would benefit.
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    Only support it if the funds for cameras are taken from the community which they are being used for. Don't federally tax us for something that might be unnecessary.
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    Video is invaluable in court in holding police accountable and determining the truth.
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    Put a body camera with audio on the president. all members of congress and the Supreme Court justices 24/7. They're committing more crimes and are involved in more conspiracies against the American people than all law enforcement officers put together.
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    The truth protect the good police and the public . Yes the cost may be a problem in the start but in the long run will save lots in lawsuits .
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    "there are consequences to show that we treat everyone the same in America.” Read more at http://newsone.com/3164935/gop-debate-ignores-black-lives-matter-movement-police-brutality/
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    Body cameras are one of the only ways police can be held accountable. Anybody who is doing their job right would have nothing to worry about.
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    Equipping police with body cameras will ensure all parties are protected and remove questions on police actions that may be not otherwise be available. Our police should be protected as they do their jobs. Municipalities may need Federal help to buy these cameras.
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    It's time for widespread accountability. Just like regular citizens, cops who wear body cameras and don't break the law will have nothing to worry about.
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    Technology should be used to its fullest advantage to enhance our democracy. Those who protect & serve our communities uphold our laws but should not be exempt from them. If body cameras are the only consistent & accurate means to hold officers to accountable, they should be mandatory & fully funded.
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