As riots terror through the U.S. in response to apparent injustice and police treatment inequality, new legal and constitutional issues arise. To combat the perception of misconduct, the use of police body cameras is beginning to gain tremendous traction across the country. The concept is easy: if police record their interactions with citizens, police will be more inclined to act justly and citizens will be more inclined to treat police with respect. That is, if both parties know their interaction is being recorded, there is less chance either will act inappropriately. In theory at least.
I recently read an article from the New York Daily News that approximately sixty (60) New York Police Department police officers would begin to wear body cameras while on duty.
The pilot program evidently is intended to help de-escalate would be confrontations between police and citizens.