Our hearts are broken over the loss of life across our nation this week, for both civilians and police officers. Children were robbed of their fathers. Wives lost their husbands. Mothers and fathers are left to grieve their sons.
We as a nation are left to struggle with the question of “What do we do next?” How do we pick up the pieces of the lives which have been shattered? What will we say to our children? Perhaps most importantly, what do we do next to ensure the tragedies of this week and of the last two years never happen again?
One answer is simple: Demand transparency.
We find ourselves in a time of police brutality and brutality against police. Unless steps toward transparency are made, there is not an end in sight for the bloodshed.
There has been extensive debate on whether or not body cameras for police officers are necessary. After the events of this week, we believe that now more than ever, body cameras are in the best interest of civilians and police officers alike. The purpose is twofold; body cameras serve as a constant reminder to law enforcement officers that they will be held accountable for their actions as well as to provide a line of defense for officers when things go horribly wrong.
We live in the age of constant video. Whether it’s by unpopular traffic cameras or recordings on cell phones. Civilians have a recourse in the video feature of their smart phone. The overwhelming majority of police officers in America have no such recourse and therefore are left with a disadvantage when it comes to the eyes of the general public.
Body cameras are imperative. They are needed to provide a non-biased account of what an officer is seeing and how he/she is responding to the situation at hand. While body cameras are costly, the benefit they provide to the officers is priceless. The defense they provide law enforcement can be equally as powerful as the firearm they carry.
Sign to demand body cameras for all police officers. A small device has the power to save countless lives. It is our job as citizens to stand up for the rights of our fellow civilians as well as our law enforcement officers.