WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, there are calls for all police officers to wear cameras. It’s already being done in one local community, to rave reviews of just about everyone, including the officers.
Wentzville Police Lt. Emmanuel Borroum says some officers were hesitant at first, but that has changed.
“I have officers that hate to go out on a shift, and do that shift, if their cameras are inoperable,” Borroum says of the 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch cameras that fit on sunglasses or uniform.
Borroum says having everything on a scene recorded protects the citizens and the officers.
Knowing that everything is being recorded can change the way an officer handles a situation, he says.
” … cause them to pause for a second, and re-approach an incident in a different manner. And if that indeed happens, then, you know, that’s a good thing,” Borroum says.
Many times, someone considering making an allegation against an officer reconsiders when they find out the incident was recorded, he says.
A 2013 Cambridge University study indicated that officer-mounted cameras reduce complaints by up to 88 percent, and use-of-force by up to 60 percent.
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