Episode #32

Will police body cameras prevent the next Ferguson?

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The killing of Michael Brown, and the military-style police crackdown that followed, exposed millions of Americans to the wide-open Pandora's Box that is the American way of law enforcement. In the weeks since, as the nation wrestled with fundamental questions of race and justice, media across the country have alighted on what seems like an easy answer: just put cameras on the police!

Turns out, it might actually be a great idea. Not because it solves everything, or even because it generates world-changing footage.  In fact, as it turns out, the least important thing about body-worn police cameras is the stuff that actually gets recorded. But body cameras have a way of changing the way people behave, on both sides of the lens. Professor David Harris and community organizer Terrance Stone join us, in the wake of Ferguson, to examine the science and practice of a gizmo that could save more lives than the Apple Watch.

Originally posted on September 12, 2014

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- A Guardian piece that raises important questions about some negative complications the cameras might bring. 
- The Huffington Post compiled a depressingly long list of police killings that happened since Aug. 9, when Michael Brown was shot dead, until Sept. 9. 


Music Credits (in order of appearance):

Kevin MacLeod - Backed Vibes

Plusplus - The Rolling Hills of England

Menion - Stai attento ai segnali

Revolution Void - Scattered Knowledge

deef - nostalgia of an ex-gangsta-rapper


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