Three Myths About Police Body Cams

Slate.com.  Filming interactions between law enforcement and citizens might not stop the next Ferguson from happening.

In the wake of the tragic police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been much speculation and debate about what actually transpired. Lots of news commentators seem to believe that the Brown case would be resolved sooner—and there would be less civil unrest—had the officer who shot him been equipped with a body-worn camera. In fact, the Ferguson Police Department has now begun to implement this technology.

 

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio buys 700 body cameras for deputies

(Reuters Feb. 6, 2015) Controversial Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio is spending $1 million to buy 700 body cameras for sheriff’s deputies as part of a court ruling that found his office racially profiled Latino drivers, the company selling the cameras said on Friday.

C-SPAN Book Discussion on Book Justice While Black

C SPAN  December 2, 2014 Nick Chiles and Robbin Shipp talked about their book, Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System,in which they advise African Americans on how to deal the the police and criminal justice system in the U.S. They also spoke about the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Ferguson underscores need for systematic reform

Shame. Outrage. Frustration.  The Tennnessean November 29, 2014. No surprise. These are the emotions I felt and I heard expressed by many after the grand jury’s failure to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. However, the grand jury’s decision must not distract us from the broader issue: Police in America disproportionately use excessive — sometimes fatal — force against people of color. (more…)

Law professor feels racial profiling remains strong in America

 

WASHINGTON — When Vernellia Randall’s son, Canada .com . Nov. 27, 2014.   Tshaka, attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, police often stopped and questioned him as he walked home through the historically white, upper middle-class neighbourhood of Oakwood where the Randalls lived.

Like Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot dead by a policeman Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.,  Tshaka was a big boy. (more…)