October 20, 2017

Study: Body Cameras Don't Effect Police Use Of Force

Rebel Staff

Leftists have spent the past few years calling for police to be fitted with body cameras to stop them from using aggressive force on suspects. Of course, these body cameras are funded with our hard-earned tax dollars. Now, however, a new study has shown that body cameras are essentially useless as they've had no impact on police use of force:  

“We learned that BWCs (body worn cameras) do not have a detectable average effects on documented uses of force or civilian complaints. That said, we cannot rule out that BWCs cause small decreases or increases on those two outcomes. Because this range spans negative, zero and positive values, the result is considered ‘statistically insignificant’ or ‘null.’ More plainly, we interpret this to mean that BWCs had no detectable, meaningful effect on documented uses of force.”

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“A group of 1,000 officers with BWCs is estimated to make 127 fewer arrests for disorderly conduct in a year than officers without BWCs. However, the data are also consistent with real effect of BWCs being anywhere from a decrease of 671 arrests for disorderly conduct to an increase of 416 such arrests per 1,000 officers, per year."

Once again, leftists have thrown millions of tax dollars at something that ended up being a complete waste of time and money. This is yet another example of Barack Obama's administration rushing into something before thinking it through. The previous administration made it seem as if these cameras would fix the "problem" of police brutality, but of course, they have not. 

What do you think about this? Sound off in the comments section below!

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commented 2017-10-22 01:14:14 -0400
I’m a libertarian, and I believe that all police should be outfitted with BWCs that they cannot turn off or delete, at all times when they are on active duty. There have been too many strange deaths while in police custody, for one thing. BWCs also protect the police from false allegations.

Having a truthful record of what happened should be something we all agree on. This is not a left or right thing, guys. Enough with the mindless tribalism.
commented 2017-10-21 13:30:36 -0400
Now Andrew, no one asked you to spend a week on your post…
Yes, I can accept your explanation; perhaps next time you can take a second or two to type the word everyone when there is such obvious benefits to everyone. Thanks.
commented 2017-10-21 12:47:06 -0400
“Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 17 hours ago
Andrew, you forgot a little something in your post, holding everyone accountable. Research how dashcams and body cams have provided evidence that led to exonerating police officers falsely accused of “racist profiling” or excessive force, or other illegal acts.
I find it interesting you only see the value in this technology as “keeping police accountable” Very interesting indeed! "

I know very well that cops can be targeted by false accusations, and yes, being able to definitively clear their names is a huge benefit of its own.

The primary intent is to hold police accountable, and that’s why I mention it, but that doesn’t mean I am oblivious to other benefits. I could spend a week qualifying every single possible circumstance but that’s not feasible, so please accept that my lack of direct mention is logistical, not ideological.
commented 2017-10-21 04:08:15 -0400
Andrew if you want men in any washroom so much, does that mean a man who identifies as a woman should be able to get an affirmative action enforced job position as well? If no then why not?
commented 2017-10-21 03:54:32 -0400
Tammie Andrew did not forget Andrew is biased.
commented 2017-10-20 22:35:00 -0400
The first word in this article is “Leftists”. The writer who goes by the name “Rebel Staff” tosses in the term “our hard-earned tax dollars” (as in you and me).

Where is this writer based? In the United States ‘leftist’ means one thing and in Canada it means another.

Why does The Rebel continue to publish these anonymous items? Sure, Canadian readers can go along with a contrast between ‘leftists’ and ‘rightists’. We can also try to juggle terms like ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’.

At some point The Rebel needs to come clean about authorship and definition of terms.

Certainly the sub-line “Rebel Staff” needs to be challenged.
commented 2017-10-20 20:04:03 -0400
Andrew, you forgot a little something in your post, holding everyone accountable. Research how dashcams and body cams have provided evidence that led to exonerating police officers falsely accused of “racist profiling” or excessive force, or other illegal acts.
I find it interesting you only see the value in this technology as “keeping police accountable” Very interesting indeed!
commented 2017-10-20 19:49:59 -0400
Even if it doesn’t reduce incidents, it provides evidence that can be used when it does happen.

As a taxpayer, I can’t say that keeping police accountable is a bad use of tax dollars.
commented 2017-10-20 17:50:57 -0400
Douglas McEwen, I agree with your post 100%.
Dashboard cams and body cams have come in very handy when false claims against the arresting officer have been made; and also in traffic stops.
commented 2017-10-20 17:40:54 -0400
Well, I don’t know about anyone else but if a cop was to treat me in a way that was less than legal or excessively rough, I would want some documentation to prove my statement if I were to make a complaint. And that, coming from someone who thinks cops get a raw deal a lot of the time. Just sayin…