In the past year, the country has been rocked by a number of controversial
police shootings the claimed the lives of unarmed, African-American citizens.
Now, many are calling for police body cameras to help authorities and
communities better understand actions by law enforcement and make us better
equipped to handle instances of misconduct.
Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke
with Attorney Ian Friedman about the proposed body cameras and the many
benefits he and other legal experts expect them to have on our legal system.
"We have capability today with modern policing to ensure that everyone’s
constitutional right is met, so we really should welcome these body cameras,"
Friedman told the paper. "It’s going to help to build trust
in the community at a time where we need it like we haven’t seen
In particular, Attorney Friedman spoke about the need confirm or disprove
instances of alleged police misconduct. "I would just say that good
police officers will welcome these body cameras as they will certainly
cut down on the number of these claims," Friedman explained. "They’re
going to want to have this captured on video if they are following the
rules and policing properly."
Attorney Friedman's prediction is backed by facts. As Cleveland Jewish
News cites, a recent study conducted in Mesa, AZ that gave 50 police officers
with body cameras yielded positive results. Over eight months, those police
officers only experienced eight complaints—as opposed to the 23
complaints filed against 50 police officers who were not monitored with cameras.
Fostering a Viable, Just Legal System
As the paper notes, police body cameras will not be a magic "cure-all"
for all of the difficult uncertainties our legal system faces. Certain
policies would need to be in place to protect those captured on body cameras
and dictate how and when police can release footage to the public. Footage
of an incident may not remove certain important questions, either. In
the case of Eric Garner, the man who died while being restrained by police
in New York City last year, that entire incident was caught on mobile
phone footage—and critical questions still remain.
Still, most legal experts, Attorney Friedman included, believe that police
body cameras will add a unprecedented level of certainty in the courtroom,
and eliminate many "he said, she said" disputes that occur before
and during trials. "It [the footage] helps us get to the heart of
the truth, and that’s really what the entire criminal justice system
is about," Friedman said.
If you or a loved one has been accused a crime, then we invite you to contact
Ian N. Friedman as soon as possible. Attorney Friedman is a skilled and sought-after Cleveland
criminal defense attorney with a track record of staunch, aggressive advocacy
for his clients. His reputation for outstanding service and impressive
case results have earned him numerous recognitions in the industry.
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