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  •  When you can't even get them to wear their badges (20+ / 0-)

    getting them to be compliant with new laws is going to be tough.

    Also recall that Ferguson Police already purchased dash-cams for their cars, but haven't considered it a priority to actually get them installed - evidently they are still sitting in boxes...

    Inside of me are two dogs. One is mean and evil. The other is gentle and good. The two dogs fight all the time. Which dog wins? The one I feed the most.

    by bakeneko on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:46:55 PM PDT

    •  And, indeed, it appears (10+ / 0-)

      at least the Mo. Hwy patrol is required to wear them:

      Missouri Revised Statutes
      Chapter 43
      Highway Patrol, State
      Section 43.130

      Uniforms--allowance to members--vehicles and equipment.

      43.130. 1. The superintendent shall prescribe a distinctive style of uniform and badge for members of the patrol to be made of the material and of the color he specifies, and it shall be unlawful for any person to wear the prescribed uniform or badge, or any distinctive part thereof, except on order of the superintendent. The uniform shall be purchased at the times the superintendent requires, and the superintendent shall fix a uniform allowance for such purpose for each member of the patrol.

      2. The members of the patrol shall, at the expense of the state, be furnished with the vehicles, equipment, arms, ammunition, supplies and insignia of office as the superintendent deems necessary, all of which shall remain the property of the state and be strictly accounted for by each member of the patrol. All such vehicles and equipment shall be distinctively marked, and all vehicles used by members of the patrol shall be distinctively lighted at night.

      3. Members of the patrol shall wear their uniform and insignia of office at all times when on duty, unless otherwise designated by the superintendent.

          (RSMo 1939 § 8355, A.L. 1943 p. 652, A.L. 1949 p. 293, A.L. 1957 p. 619, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1048)

      Is it better to lose than be lost?

      by Publius2008 on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:06:31 PM PDT

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      •  3. (4+ / 0-)
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        bakeneko, blueoasis, cville townie, BYw

        Members of the patrol shall wear their uniform and insignia of office at all times when on duty, unless otherwise designated by the superintendent, or one of your cop brothers kills another innocent person.

      •  If they aren't wearing badges, (6+ / 0-)

        I can only presume that their superintendent has told them to take them off.

      •  'Badge cams' required could help, with the feed (6+ / 0-)

        ..going directly to an independent govt. bureau or oversight body as suggested  upthread by eyeswideopen

        3. Members of the patrol shall wear their uniform and insignia of office at all times when on duty, unless otherwise designated by the superintendent.
        Any officer while on the job must be properly equipped 'at all times', and that includes their badge fitted with a real time camera.

        the cameras on a pair of glasses like in Rialta, Ca. could be taken off if the officer wanted to edit his/her activities, but a badge cam would, by law, be required to remain on

        •  Privacy issues: an ongoing ACLU concern .. (2+ / 0-)
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          bakeneko, koNko

          With surveillance cameras being deployed all over America, policing the public on the rise.

          With police required to wear cameras it could act as a counterbalance, a check on that trend (?)

          New York Times by Randall Stross | Published: April 6, 2013  

          Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, says: “We don’t like the networks of police-run video cameras that are being set up in an increasing number of cities. We don’t think the government should be watching over the population en masse.” But requiring police officers to wear video cameras is different, he says: “When it comes to the citizenry watching the government, we like that.”

           - emphasis added

          This sounds reasonable:
          Mr. Stanley says that all parties stand to benefit — the public is protected from police misconduct, and officers are protected from bogus complaints. “There are many police officers who’ve had a cloud fall over them because of an unfounded accusation of abuse,” he said. “Now police officers won’t have to worry so much about that kind of thing.”
          Because this:
          .. it will take a good deal more than technology to change police forces in the systemic way that is so badly needed.
          transparency for all could be a way of limiting the growing surveillance of the public that is harmful to society (authoritarian police state)  by floating the idea of turning the cameras around for balance and accountability that could bridge the divide between the police and the people. (?)

          Instead of what we are witnessing today in too many cities, where the police are literally seen and in method/tactics, as an occupying  or invading military force.

          And a requirement that some minimum percentage of any local police force must be actual citizens of the township. municipality (or whatever) that they police - imo

          Thx MB

          •  I'm kind of raising these questions elsewhere (1+ / 0-)
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            Eric Nelson

            But looks like a majority of Kossacks are lined-up and ready to accept mass-surveillance by cop mounted cameras controlled by the Police.

            Oh.

            And then there are stickers.

            Oh.

    •  They intend to engage in rampant dishonesty (4+ / 0-)
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      CenPhx, bakeneko, OldDragon, BYw

      to escape natural and logical consequences for fucking with innocent people

      They INTEND to hurt people.

      Cops are a call to violence.

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