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Post Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:25 pm
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Not only should every police officer should be forced to wear one of these cameras, their videos should be freely uploaded for crowd-sourcing by the general public on YouTube. If privacy for the general public is a concern, they could blur people's faces a la` Google street view.

This starts out fine, but then flies off into impossible territory. There's no way you could write an algorithm that would appropriately flag private data in a video. It would have to blur faces, bleep names, cut out any video in which the officer enters a private residence, and censor other random personal details. Not to mention that humans aren't dumb and we are able to figure out identities without just a face. The first person who gets fired after video of his arrest circulates his workplace will certainly sue. And be sure, these videos will be used in suspect shaming far more than in corruption allegations.

I definitely think that police should have to wear these, and I think the videos should be automatically uploaded for separate, random review by internal affairs. We're probably headed this way, but it's going to be a fight in some places, and we'll have to wait for costs to come down.
Post Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:42 am
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