Body cameras should be mandatory for police | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

You don’t really believe the baloney your reporter was fed several months ago about body cameras, do you?

There is technology that overcomes every single reasonable objection.

The reason we don’t have mandatory body cameras is because elected officials — who have duty to protect and maintain individual rights (see Article I, Section 1 or the Washington State Constitution) are afraid something will be caught on camera that might result in the payment of damages.

In reality, body cameras change policing and result in fewer lawsuits. They force police culture to change by giving officers the safety they need from “blue line retaliation ” (are you old enough to remember the movie “Serpico”?).

With mandatory body cameras, bad behavior stops on a dime and bad officers are weeded out before they do the really bad things.

CINDY ANDERSON

Bainbridge Island

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