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Unpublished Paper
Improving Police Accountability Through The Mandatory Use of Body Cameras
ExpressO (2015)
  • April Martindale
Abstract

IMPROVING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH THE MANDATORY USE OF BODY CAMERAS

April R. Martindale, 4L Student

Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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ABSTRACT

Law enforcement officials have a duty to protect and serve the people, not to brutalize and kill them. Improving Police Accountability through the Mandatory Use of Body Cameras describes the history of violence against African Americans and the need for police accountability in the black community. The Article connects the underlying issues of police brutality against African Americans. It proposes a requirement for police officers to wear body cameras to record their interactions with the public at large. Body cameras can gather and maintain a record of evidence; protect the public against police misconduct; reduce the inappropriate use of force; and protect police against false accusations of abuse. Since history demonstrates that States cannot be trusted to protect its citizens, this Article calls for the Federal Government, namely Congress, to step in to enforce mandatory body camera use through its use of the Taxing and Spending powers. Improving Police Accountability through the Mandatory Use of Body Cameras insists that the time is long overdue for justice to be served for all people, regardless of the color of their skin. Federal law can help give the States the push they need to make safety and justice a priority for African Americans.

Publication Date
September 17, 2015
Citation Information
April Martindale. "Improving Police Accountability Through The Mandatory Use of Body Cameras" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/april_martindale/1/