[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-wjwbiTBq0?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]Body cams and dash cams are becoming the norm for police departments across the nation as the public clamors for a technological solution for police oversight in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting death of an unarmed teen-ager last summer.
Among a host of fresh concerns, however, is that the police might turn off the camera gear when footage is needed most. The Oakland Police Department in California, for example, has disciplined police officers 24 times for disabling or failing to activate body-worn cameras.
That’s similar to what happened in the case of a St. Louis man arrested for marijuana possession, resisting arrest, and unlawful use of a weapon. Dash cam video, released Monday, shows a suspect, Cortez Bufford, being pulled from the vehicle he was driving before being kicked and shocked with a taser.
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