Concerns about privacy, cost, and regulation are among those which came up Friday at a legislative hearing in Chicago. “Police videos have often captured people in their worst moments,” Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said, decrying the idea of such video as entertainment. “Where is the public good in this type of sensationalism?”
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Lindsay Miller, a research associate of the Police Executive Research Forum, sums up the arguments: “Our research found that, when implemented correctly, body-worn cameras can provide real benefits that help improve the policing profession. However, they also raise numerous practical and policy questions for agencies to consider.”
The body cam idea exploded onto the public radar screen after the police shooting in August of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo. Some supporters of the record-everything movement say the video protects police and civilians alike.