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This is the first post in a two-part series looking at the contentious but increasingly relevant issue of recording police interactions. In this series, we offer up some case-study examples of situations where surveillance cameras have been used as a force for good.
We’ve often commented on the double-edged nature of persistent surveillance. On the one hand, constant surveillance can lead to various privacy and civil liberties abuses. But as the following stories show, widespread adoption of surveillance cameras by both law enforcement actors and civilians can also help hold both parties accountable.
This is especially true with police dashboard or wearable video cameras, currently being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, which are designed to record most interactions between police and citizens.
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