I am all for the dashboard and lapel cameras recently purchased by the Fresno Police Department.
However, I hope the technology requires the activation of these cameras automatically and remotely, with no manual override. I would hate to think that officers will be allowed to activate or deactivate the cameras at “their discretion.”
This option, if accessible and permitted, would certainly undermine and defeat the intended purpose of these devices. The local community and the general public interest deserve the uncut video version of events — not the edited, blurred, or worse-case scenario, the “blank version,” to make an objective analysis and evaluation of police/suspect interactions.
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