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.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
Calling a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before speaking to law enforcement is the best way to protect your future. Our attorneys will work to minimize or eliminate the possibility of jail time, a prison sentence, probation, hefty fines and a permanent criminal record. Call us now at 740-908-4550 to schedule your free consultation with one of the firm’s knowledgeable attorneys.
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