Comment of the Day: On police body cams

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Cameras of this sort could help reveal the truth when officers are hit with misconduct allegations.
One thing that would certainly help clear up controversies like the one surrounding the arrest of community activist Al Flowers -- an arrest that left him bleeding from the head -- would be police body cams.

It's an idea Mayor Betsy Hodges supported during her campaign, at least until Police Chief Janeé Harteau went on the record and said she was "frustrated" by Hodges's "premature" proposal.

Here's what one of our most longtime regular readers had to say about police body cams in light of Flowers's arrest:

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Seems like the expense of installing cams of that sort could be more than covered by the serious amounts of cash the Minneapolis Police Department pays out in officer-related settlements each year, doesn't it?

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Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

What is the problem if they have nothing to hide? (Police Logic)

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

For the record I love the whole body camera idea. I think the more people see the bs officers have to deal with the more the public will support them. I just hold the belief that leaving in on all the time is about the most asinine thing I've heard. Privacy and discreetness is paramount for officers being able to do their job, so having to leave it on or be charged with a crime is a ridiculous expectation.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Or your 4 year old daughter just told you your dad touches her in the privates.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Or your 15 year old just hanged himself in the garage or put the 12 gauge in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

That is an awesome idea. Except for the part where the officer responds to a medical situation at your house where your wife is giving birth to your child and the officer can't shut it off.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

If people want them or these and those that do lets see 1/2 mill people and a 1000 cops. those that want to see them on cops can buy one for them, and save the other tax payers money. oh wait the cops pay taxes.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

those cops got fired, didn't you publish that????

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

Yes they should, besides they wouldn't even notice it

Above TheNorm
Above TheNorm

If they did, do you think criminals would be more likely to shoot them? Just to shoot out the camera?

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

For the record, not a single person here has ever had diarrhea (cha cha cha)

JM Griffin
JM Griffin

Then so should ever citizen out there who assaults someone or commits a crime. Unless there is video showing them not doing the crime, then they are guilty until proven innocent. Gee, look how stupid that sounds.

JM Griffin
JM Griffin

Really, cops are suppose to check out when they go to the bathroom? I don't recall seeing that in any policy manuals. As for the diarrhea statement, you've never ate something that went right through you? I guess you must have an iron stomach. Do some of you people even think before you type? Obviously not.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

They should still have to wear it - if law enforcement can strip search us, they shouldn't have any trouble being seen themselves (unless they have something to hide).

Doug Mayer
Doug Mayer

Absolutely. Crooked mf police need policing

Doug Ludemann
Doug Ludemann

Absolutely. I was approached by a police officer recently, he was carrying a digital camera. My only gripe was that it was a traditional retail unit...it had to be turned on. The fact that we can get these cameras to police the police is a big plus.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

So many cop haters until you call me at work and demand I get them to you asap

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

that's the point. good a reason as any to begin collecting enough overdue corporate contributions to the public as taxes and maybe they can no longer afford to buy politicians, and if they can... then, double it.

Tyler Tidrick
Tyler Tidrick

Quit pandering to these no good thugs....you ruined our city....In a perfect world...The 1940s can happen again.

Jamie Cooper
Jamie Cooper

if he has diarrhea he prolly shouldn't be on duty, it's obvious that solutions for toileting in private could be implemented, for example a lens cover and notifying hq that the officer will be on bathroom break, thus temporarily off duty. for example the procedures that are supposed to be used already.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

What happens when the officer has to pee? or has diarrhea?

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Or your 15 year old just hanged himself in the garage or put the 12 gauge in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

That is an awesome idea. Except for the part where the officer responds to a medical situation at your house where your wife is giving birth to your child and the officer can't shut it off.

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

A big huge YES! The one and only downside I could see is when an officer lets someone off with a warning or lets something slide (when the occasion calls for it) might not happen as frequently. That's a risk I'm willing to take for these public officials to be held accountable for their actions though.

Debra Martin
Debra Martin

Yes they need to be accountable for their actions

Josh Opdahl
Josh Opdahl

Like it would make a difference, we see videos of cops killing people and abusing their power everyday, and it's the same story every time....they can do no wrong....only way things will change is if people collectively together are prepared to sacrifice and make a stand together and show that we will not stand for this anymore

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Body cams should be mandatory and having them turned off should be a felony

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

I asked Minneapolis PD this at open streets, if their bike officers have cameras mounted. They said no. I was disappointed.

Zach Kern
Zach Kern

The cost of equipping every officer with one would never fly. However, if it did, and it magically turned off and some sort of violent crime was committed against the "perp", the officer should be guilty until proven innocent.

Andrew Ochoa
Andrew Ochoa

I still see a leash that can be removed at will

Kate Brabec
Kate Brabec

Yes, it would cover everyone's proverbial arses, and would hopefully, make the BS lawsuits dwindle down to nothing.

Mackenzie Denny
Mackenzie Denny

It's regular people who should wear cameras! Then they have proof of cops abusing power

Relux Emespe
Relux Emespe

Look what happened in Green Bay. There was camera footage all over of a cop slamming a young man against his car and beating him for saying a mean word. GBPD said that's okay. Cameras do nothing.

Relux Emespe
Relux Emespe

How do you feel waking up every morning looking at yourself in the mirror? Knowing that you gave up your own liberty under the false disguise that you are safer? Crime hasn't gone down since the Minneapolis police started spying on you. Cameras do one thing for the department and that's to ruin lives of the community it tries to gain respect from. They aren't on poles all over the city and on their chest to help you.

Adam Garberg
Adam Garberg

This would cost the city more in payouts, because they can't cover up the bs anymore:)

Jamie Cooper
Jamie Cooper

not only should police wear these, the video should be live streamed and accessible by all citizens on a website at all times. any cop caught shutting it off would obviously be guilty of a crime.

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