Police should use lapel cameras

  • Article by: Steve Chapman , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2013 - 7:50 PM

Miniature devices could ensure that every interaction has the best intention.

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minn12Aug. 15, 1311:26 PM

This is a perfect example of yet another incredibly bad ruling by a radical liberal 'Clinton Judge'. The Supreme Court has ruled 'stop and frisk" searched are CONSTITUTIONAL. But no, THIS judge won't have any of that. She has zero authority to order the police to wear cameras. How about we order HER to were a lapel camera in her courtroom, so we can see all her stupid rulings. Think she'd go along with that? Her ruling on the police frisking should be appealed immediately, and her order should be stayed. How ridiculous. Try to change the one successful tool police have used to dramatically cut the murder and violent crime rate.

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RankenFyleAug. 16, 1312:02 AM

Was this column previously rejected by The Onion?The author should have identified which Homeland Security department is going to provide the community grants for funding this boondoggle. It only gets more absurd eight years from now when four out of five teenagers are wearing Google glasses before 20% of all police departments have taken delivery of their lapel cameras. And when push comes to shove, the courts will still rule in favor of the police camera view with its inferior resolution and limited viewing angle over the enhanced Google glass wearers recording the same incident from multiple perspectives. After all, if we don't uphold the law, we'll have nothing but anarchy.

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davehougAug. 16, 13 6:27 AM

Good cops will want this. No better squelch for a 'He done me wrong' complaint than going to tape.

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davehougAug. 16, 13 6:29 AM

Of 4.4 million stops, only 6 percent led to an arrest - - - I'd say 6 percent arrest is GREAT. A lot fewer bad guys around people and any tool that finds 6 percent crime deserves more support.

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pitythefoolsAug. 16, 13 7:37 AM

With google glass EVERYONE will be constantly recording on a remote server in the cloud what goes on around them. Person on person crime will nearly vanish. What will the conceal and carry gun huggers use as their excuse for their precious toys then?

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EleanoreAug. 16, 13 8:36 AM

Great idea. Take away their submachineguns until they respect the law of the land, and require them to document their every public move. It thinks we are onto something positive here.

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circleoflifeAug. 16, 1310:23 AM

I think this is an excellant idea and I would donate cash to support it. Not only to keep cops honest but to also keep the dredges on society from making up false discrimination and harrassment charges against the cops. Win - Win

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thunderAug. 16, 1311:31 AM

The cameras will only be as effective as the video realsed to the public. In almost every recorded You Tube video or other media releas includes only the edited actions of the police. How about releasing video of the 90 minute chase.......

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mike2636Aug. 16, 1311:51 AM

I think we should all wear a camera 24/7 and link the feed directly to our wise and benevolent government so that they can use the information to "protect us from terrorists."

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peoplewatchrAug. 16, 13 2:08 PM

pitythefools - With google glass EVERYONE will be constantly recording on a remote server in the cloud what goes on around them. Person on person crime will nearly vanish. What will the conceal and carry gun huggers use as their excuse for their precious toys then? Person to person crime will vanish??? HAHAHA!!! There are 20 HD cameras in most every bank in the metro but people still walk in, bare faced, and rob banks and don't get caught. Maybe if those 20 cameras were people with a concealed firearm, bank robbers would think again.

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