Advocates initially pitched the idea of law enforcement wearing body cams, also known as body worn cameras or BWC, as a great way to increase accountability among our law enforcement personnel. The logic was that greater accountability would lead to stronger bonds between communities and the law enforcement officers who serve them.
As this is still relatively new technology, we are only now seeing the first studies on the effectiveness of body cams. One study that stands out is from researchers at George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy1. Although this is the largest study of its kind, the results are still far from conclusive.
There are some interesting revelations
Highlights from the study include:
Time will tell
As body cams and related technology becomes increasingly common, more insight will be gained. As with this current study and previous studies, the effectiveness of body cams is still in question. Hopefully, the dream of stronger accountability will come to pass as well as better relations between communities and law enforcement.
Legal defenses are adjusting
Attorneys can use the information provided by body cams to help their client’s case, so those who face charges will need to discuss whether the officer used his or her body worn camera. Even if they did not, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney has many other tools for helping protect the rights of their clients.
At The Law Office of Brian Jones, our attorneys will review every piece of evidence when building your defense. You can contact us now to schedule your free consultation at our Delaware, Ohio, office.