On Dec. 28, 2016, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, announced that the city would ramp up the policy enforcing body cameras to increase the trust between police officers and the community.
The Chicago Department of Justice has launched an investigation regarding a young black teen being shot at least 15 times by police officers in 2015, which prompted and ramped up the policy to enforce body cameras.
Approximately 30 body cameras are to be dispersed throughout the precincts in Chicago’s northwest region. According to Chicago Tonight, “The body camera will have the ability to prerecord up to 30 seconds before the officer is required to turn it on. ”
Many residents firmly believe that Mayor Emanuel’s plan to ramp up the policy enforcing body cameras on police officers in Chicago is for his benefit only. They think the mayor launched a summer-work program and increased street patrols around the same timeframe to sway voters for his second term.
The results of having body cameras on police officers are positive regardless of the actual intentions behind enforcing it. The camera feeds are reliable and can not be altered by the officer because they do not have access.
Written by Jhayla D. Walls
Edited by Cathy Milne
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