- Police in Ferguson, Mo. are now wearing body cameras to record their interactions with protesters and the public.
More and more law enforcement agencies are looking at the cameras as a powerful crime-fighting tool. So could Chicago be next?
[...] We’ve all seen dash-cam videos that capture police officers in action. Some police agencies are also using body cameras.
The evidence they provide is hard to dispute and part of the reason Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says his department is looking into using the cameras under a pilot program.
“We’re not afraid to do enforcement. The point is to make sure we articulate it properly, and body cameras, I think, would back up that articulation,” McCarthy said Monday.
He says his department has been working on the program for six to eight months, and some officers have volunteered to wear the cameras. But there’s no timetable on if, or when, they’ll actually be used on patrol.
“There’s going to be contractual obligations that we’re going to have to probably negotiate with unions and so on, moving forward,” McCarthy said.
He added: “At the end of the day, I endorse it, but I’m not sure if the officers are going to feel the same way.”
Anyone have any stats on the cameras currently in squad cars? From what we can see in our little corners of the Department, it's gone exactly as predicted:
- the City bought the low-bid cameras;
- they hired some hillbillies with rented trucks from Arkansas to install the things;
- they burned out electrical wiring, PDTs and other systems because the vehicles weren't built with that kind of electrical capacity in mind (which voided out a shitload of warranties when Ford found out what they were doing - but don't mention that around);
- then they've spent exactly ZERO dollars on servicing and maintaining the cameras, meaning the out-of-service ratio has to be astronomical.
Rahm doesn't (or says he doesn't) have the kind of money lying around that it would take to equip the entire Department with body cameras - not with the looming bills and balloon payments coming due shortly. And if it follows the formula listed above, it'd be just about as useless and wasteful as PODs and in-car cameras are already.
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