idk why police officers being monitored to make sure they’re performing their duties ethically and within legal parameters is such a controversial topic because if I recall they’re a fan of using the whole “if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear” shtick to justify harassing civilians it’s almost like they’re full of bullshit
I’ve seen a lot of people call for cameras worn by cops (as a regulation or law) and while it sounds like a good idea at first and seems to come from a good motive, I don’t really like the idea. If/when the cameras are controlled by the police I find it hard to believe that this “evidence” won’t be controlled or distorted as well. We have plenty of evidence in the shooting of Mike Brown, but you can see the police PR distortion machine in action, you can see how American racism prevails even in the most obvious of circumstances of outright oppression. As long as a system of racial and class inequality is in place, as long as the police are meant to be the violent aspect of enforcement of said inequality, as long as the police are mythologized as “protectors” first and foremost, I fully expect police forces to abuse and manipulate footage to not hold them culpable as much as possible.
Also, We forget so soon how during Occupy Wall Street there were many protesting who objected to being on Livestreams of what was going on. Sometimes illegal action may be necessary in protest. In that case the footage becomes a weapon against the oppressed. There is no Big Other to save you when it is The Law (as interpreted and wielded by Power, as The Law only is) prevails. Furthermore, when you recognize yourself as holding political opinions that especially in a current atmosphere of heightened Nationalism can be considered as anti-National and thus “terrorism”, when you seek to demonstrate or act in favor of these opinions the cameras wielded by police become yet another weapon wielded against you.
Cameras, perhaps, should be turned ON the police. We do that now, we may want to continue to do it in the future, but cameras wielded BY the police is a very short-sighted and dangerous idea in my opinion.