Body cameras have made a positive impact on policing by providing evidence from controversial incidents… but now many observers are saying they don’t go far enough.
Some police departments are expressing interest in technology that would have been science fiction a few decades ago: Miniature cameras that mount on an officer’s firearm, and alert other police if a gun is drawn.
While body worn cameras are certainly valuable, there are also some serious drawbacks.
They can be easily blocked by objects or the arms of users, including when an officer grips a handgun with two hands in front of his body. Unfortunately, that critical time is exactly when quality camera footage is so important.
Gun-mounted cameras could help solve some of the problems.
“It’s kind of cutting-edge technology now,” Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev from St. Petersburg, Florida told The Associated Press.