US violence prompts camera petition for police

2014-08-19 05:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Cyclist freaked out after being robbed at gunpoint in Somerset West

2014-06-04 13:53

Watch as this cyclist is ambushed by an armed gunman and 2 others. They robbed him of his cellphone, car keys, Oakleys and bike but he says, "Fortunately they did not have a clue what a GOPRO was and this is the evidence that will assist in their prosecution!" WATCH

Washington - A public petition calling for US police to wear cameras will receive White House consideration after the killing of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri prompted days of tense protests.

Under a programme established by President Barack Obama's administration, the White House is compelled to review and officially respond to a petition if it receives more than 100 000 signatures.

As of early Monday, the petition to create the Mike Brown Law, named after the 18-year-old shot by police, and that would require all state, county and local police to wear a video camera had more than 112 000 signatures.

The petition, according to its text, is "an effort to not only detour (sic) police misconduct[(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power], but to ensure that all police are following procedure."

Ferguson has been plagued by protests and race riots following the 9 August shooting of Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager.

The majority black town's police force is predominantly white, and the shooting and subsequent reaction has focused national attention on the continuing problems with race relations in America, particularly between security forces and young blacks.

Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a midnight curfew after looting and violence overnight on Friday, and Missouri's National Guard has been deployed to restore order.

Residents have taken to the streets in anger over an apparent lack of police accountability in Ferguson.

Objectively record all interactions

The petition seeks to rein in police misconduct, as well as enhance accountability of citizens who engage with law enforcement.

With video and surveillance technology rapidly improving, US police forces have begun experimenting with systems that make use of small, body-mounted cameras that objectively record all interactions between a police officer and private citizens.

The transparency brought about by the systems' use has reportedly led to reduced use of force and complaints in some locales.

In the town of Rialto, California, within the first year of the cameras' introduction, use of force by officers declined 60%, while complaints against police plunged by 88%, the New York Times reported.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.