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  •  My initial feeling on this... (0+ / 0-)

    ...was that the cameras should always be on whenever officer was on active duty or interacting with someone in an official role (so, they could be off when two cops are on break eating doughnuts and talking, but when a citizen walks up and says "officer, where is the nearest doughnut shop?", they must be turned on immediately - perhaps saving the last ten seconds of a continuous, but not normally stored when "off" loop, so the initial contact is also saved).

    However, reading more and thinking more, there ARE cases where turning off the camera may be appropriate. Mostly these are around talking to "confidential informants" or  witnesses who are willing to give a hint to a cop about who did something but not willing to be "on the record". To put such witnesses at risk or cause them to clam up would not be good for the public. Careful polices need to be established (including that any data stored on the officer's person needs to be encrypted -- we don't want people killing officers to find out who they have been talking to in the last hour).

    •  There would/will be great resistance... (0+ / 0-)

      ... to having the cameras on all the time. And I can actually understand that. I would rather not have how many doughnuts I ate during coffee break recorded or my trip to the men's room but if the officer touches his tazer, firearm, billyclub, and any other piece of official equipment, then the camera turns on. What would be wrong with that?

    •  Alright (0+ / 0-)

      you do have a valid point.

      However, before a cop turns off a recorder, the reason should always be stated into the recorder.

      Failure to do so should be dealt with harshly and automatically, as should lying about why a recorder was turned off.

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