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If you've been living on Earth over the past few months, you probably know that there's been a bit of controversy in America about the police, and specifically, the unarmed people who sometimes get shot by them. It's a situation that involves shockingly little transparency -- we literally don't even keep records on how often it happens. No doubt most police are honest and competent, but when things go badly and the complaint process comes down to the word of an accused criminal versus a police officer ... let's just say the former had better hope somebody got the incident on camera.
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This photo reveals that the suspect's dog was, in fact, not loaded.
The result, as we saw in Ferguson, MO, is that eventually the public loses their trust in the police altogether -- which is bad news because, who else are you gonna call? The Ghostbusters aren't going to be able to help much with your domestic violence dispute.
The Seemingly Obvious Solution:
Some police departments, sick of fighting this battle of hearsay again and again, have come up with a surprisingly intuitive solution: put cameras on cops.
Sure, this wouldn't have been possible 30 years ago, when a portable camera with enough storage and battery would have needed a second officer just to carry it. But this is 2014, and the magic of technology allows for video cameras so portable that they can be installed on an officer's collar, cap, or sunglasses without looking too ridiculous. The forerunner of this technology is the police department of Rialto, California, which has already equipped its personnel with cameras installed on their Taser weapons, which activate when the weapon is armed, which has the added benefit of giving us better footage of quivering criminals on tonight's episode of Cops.
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And a surprising amount of off-duty amateur porn.
But the Rialto P.D. has been experimenting with equipping police with even more video capability, and despite complaints from some officers that they're converting the force into a Big Brother state, it's led to an unbelievable 88 percent drop in civilian complaints.