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Camera Tech on Guns May (Not) Finally Stem Police Brutality
- Cameras on Guns
- Evidence and Accountability
- The Danger
Back when I was in the army, I was trained to use multiple firearms.
There would come a time once a month when it is a soldier’s turn to to fulfil his patrol duty around the proximity of the camp. He will do so with only a partner, along with his weapon and live ammo.
For the patrol, a pair of soldiers pace round the deserted perimeter at the dead of the night, guarding gates and fence, each carrying an army issued rifle accompanied by a loaded magazine. As was often drilled into our minds by the supervising officer, carrying firearms meant carrying the responsibility of engagement.
Lucky for me, I never had to discharge my firearms during the patrols.
I had always wondered to myself: In an event of a contact, who could be witness and prove that a soldier had faithfully adhered to the rules of engagement? After all, no one is watching him during his duty except his buddy/partner.
Truth is, there is someone, something in fact; it is surveillance cameras, body cams, and now, cameras on guns.
Cameras on Guns
U.S. police departments announced that they are considering mounting cameras on guns to capture critical moments, in response to public demands for more police transparency amid the #BLM activism triggered by the killing of George Floyd.
This would be implemented on top of the body cams that are already deployed on police officers. Where body cams fail to capture adequate data, it is hoped that the weapon-mounted cameras fill in and provide crucial evidence and accountability.