LAUREL, Maryland (NBC News) – With no let-up in the nationwide protests over the police killings in Ferguson and Staten Island, the family of Michael Brown is backing President Obama’s call for more police to use body cameras.
The cameras can be pricey, but the selling point is they don’t just document the bad stuff that can happen on the street. Proponents claim they can also reduce it.
In Laurel Maryland, police officer Alfie Acol wears a body camera above his right ear, and he likes it. “Everybody likes them,” he says.
Officers believe when people are on video it tends to prevent problems. Everyone de-escalates, according to Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin. “We’ve seen about a 30% reduction in our use of force,” he notes.
The American Civil Liberties Union backs body cameras, if privacy is protected and police aren’t allowed to turn them on and off at will.
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