Interest in wearable video cameras for police gains more traction

Taser and other companies manufacturing video camera wearables for law enforcement have seen higher interest following Michael Brown shooting.

Published Thu, Aug 21 2014 8:17 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and subsequent riots and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, led to greater interest in video camera wearables for police officers.

Interest in wearable video cameras for police gains more traction | TweakTown.com

Taser, better known for its stun gun technology, also has several wearable cameras for law enforcement officials. The company has seen a rise in sales and a 30 percent surge in its stock since the Brown incident.

"We believe the concept of using wearable cameras to provide a foundation of transparency has a tipping point," said Rick Smith, Taser CEO, in a statement to the Washington Post. "The intense emotions that arise from uncertainty and diametrically opposed conjecture about what did or did not happen in life and death encounters can tear communities apart. We believe wearable technology, like body-worn cameras, is the future for communities to relate to those entrusted to protect them."

Depending on local laws, police officers have the capability to legally record audio of encounters - recording video is still largely uncommon - but is expected to become more important. It's also worth noting that independent videos recorded on smartphones have proven to be problematic, with selective recording and video editing sometimes suspected.

NEWS SOURCE:washingtonpost.com

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