‘We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference’
- Family of Michael Brown
This is the most important Ferguson post on this website right now.
Let me start what I’m about to say by prefacing it with… I understand I have privilege. I try my best to keep that in mind. I do not expect what I say to have a louder volume than those shouting, who deserve to shout.
Body cameras will do nothing. It is a BAD idea. It keeps popping up as a solution and it will NOT help. Body cameras put vital evidence on the body of the very group who CANNOT be trusted with it. If something goes down and there’s a body camera, you can be sure the footage will mysteriously get “lost” or be “corrupted”.
It’s putting the protection of the sheep in the hands of the wolves.
Body cameras are PR. They’re a song and dance.
We’ve already seen evidence tampering in this case and others like it.
There are better alternatives, and I’m not sure it’s my place to point them out or cite them. That is for more deserved voices.
I just keep seeing body cameras floating around as a solution and it’s not gonna fix a problem this systemic.
(Seriously, keep me in check guys if this crosses some line)