Sometimes it is just so hard to keep up with liberal logic, it can really make your head spin. But know this, if the evidence doesn’t support their beliefs, they will simply deny it exists. Better yet, they declare it racist.
Police departments across the country have been spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money to equip officers with body cams for years now. This was a huge victory for the left. The addition of body cams was in reaction to calls for more transparency and accountability from groups that allege police misconduct, particularly when engaging with minorities.
Several high profile cases led to protests and calls for body cams, including the Freddie Gray incident in Baltimore and Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a mayor as liberal as they come, said body cameras were needed for “creating an atmosphere of transparency and accountability for the good of all.” Despite an enormous cost to the city, de Blasio is outfitting all NYPD officers with body cameras by 2019.
The logic seemed sound; body cameras would provide solid evidence of police activity. Police officers who abuse their authority or even make mistakes, can be help accountable. Many on the left assumed the cameras would prove the long held belief that minorities are treated more harshly and unfairly. However, the their use has actually showed that police officers are doing their jobs correctly. So now, a stunning reversal in the left’s position: body cams are infringing on civil rights. Yep.
After rioting in the streets, demanding that police wear body cameras, liberals are now saying that body cameras are racist and can alter a police officer’s memory.
According to a new study by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights called “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence,” officers pose a threat to civil rights when they review their body cam footage.
The report claims that many police departments allow their officers to watch their body cameras before or while writing a police report — as opposed to writing a report based on what they could recall.As a result, the report alleges that this warps an officer’s memory and damages the authenticity of a report.
“Given that even slight changes in memory can impact how an officer ultimately describes his or her own experience within an incident report, departments must protect the integrity of these reports by requiring that officers document their untainted perception before watching any footage,” the report argues.
The report damns the efforts of police departments to give transparency in their dealings with the public.
“Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” Leadership Conference CEO Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration, wrote in the report’s introduction.
This blatant disregard for law enforcement in our nation infuriates former police officers.
According to The Associated Press, former police officer and current lawyer Lance LoRusso condemned the report.
“They want to be as accurate as they can,” he said, referring to officers writing police reports based on body cameras.
“This specter that every time an officer looks at the video they’re going to lie and adapt their statement just is infuriating because we want the officers to write the most accurate report they can,” he continued.
Washington D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham told NPR that cameras have not changed the way his officers act or the way they write reports.
“I think a lot of people were suggesting that the body-worn cameras would change behavior,” Newsham said. “There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all.”
Newsham stated that his officers were doing the right thing in the first place and that people are misconstruing the purpose of the cameras.
“I think it’s really important for legitimacy for the police department,” Newsham told NPR. “When we say something to be able to back it up with a real-world view that others can see.”
So now officers viewing body camera footage, which is evidence, is skewing their reports. Wouldn’t it be skewing them to the truth? Come on! Video evidence is pretty useful to putting together a report, one would think. What a stretch to argue that video evidence is actually working against the truth! I think it’s actually more of a case of – the truth hurts.
Funny how the tables have turned. Body cameras were supposed to be for the protection of the citizens, and instead they are serving as protection for the officers. What was supposed to be a “gotcha” tactic has failed. Police officers have been vilified by the left. The left insisted police were guilty of misconduct and insisted on the body cameras to catch the racist cops. Instead , the cameras have helped proved that the officers are professionals and doing their jobs right. It’s just all so ridiculous!