Pluralistic: How the NYPD defeated bodycams (14 Dec 2023)

Today’s links How the NYPD defeated bodycams: NYPD leadership were accountability’s adversaries, not its partners. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2022 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading How the NYPD defeated bodycams (permalink) Anything that can’t go on forever will eventually stop. When American patience for racial profiling in traffic stops reached a breaking point, cops rolled out dashcams. Dashcam footage went AWOL, or just recorded lots of racist, pretextual stops. Racial profiling continued. Tasers and pepper spray were supposed to curb the undue use of force by giving cops an alternative to shooting dangerous-seeming people. Instead, we got cops who tasered and sprayed unarmed people and then shot them to pieces. Next came bodycams: by indelibly recording cops’ interactions with the public, body-worn cameras were pitched as a way to bring accountability to American law-enforcement. Finally, police leadership would be able to sort officers’ claims from eyewitness accounts and figure out who was lying. Bad cops could be disciplined. Repeat offenders could be fired. Police boosters insist that police violence and corruption are the result of “a few bad apples.” As the saying goes, “a few bad apples spoil the bushel.” If you think there are just a few bad cops on the force, then you should want to get rid of them before they wreck the whole institution. Bodycams could empirically identify the bad apples, right? Well, hypothetically. But what if police leadership don’t…Pluralistic: How the NYPD defeated bodycams (14 Dec 2023)

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