This White House Petition For a ‘Mike Brown Law’ Would Require Cops to Wear a Camera On Duty

 

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A new petition on the Whitehouse.gov site has reached more than the necessary number of signatures to receive an official response from the government. The petition is calling for the creation of a, “Mike Brown Law,” which would require officers active on duty to wear a helmet or body camera that would record their interactions with the public at all times.

The idea is not new. In 2012,  Rialto, California adopted a policy essentially the same as the proposed Mike Brown Law. The city began requiring police officers on duty to start wearing small cameras that could be attached either to an officer’s sunglasses or collar. The cameras cost about $900 dollars each. They can hold up to 12 hours of full color footage and upload their footage via a cloud system. After one year researchers found that after requiring the Rialto police to wear the cameras complaints against officers from citizens dropped by 88% and “use of force” dropped by 59% of the policy yields similar results on a nation-wide basis.

Mike Brown or many of  the nearly 5,000 other Americans killed by the police between 2003 and 2009 could still be alive today had a nationwide policy that produces a 59%  “use of force”  decrease.

The idea is very popular. In just six days the petition has received approximately, 123,000 signatures. The threshold a petition must receive to  have an official response from the Obama administration is 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

The language of the petition reads as follows,

“Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.”