[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUiMLRTSEoQ?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]There’s seemingly a YouTube channel for everything, so cat-channel enthusiasts step aside: introducing the police body cam channel.
In what appears to be the nation’s first, the Seattle Police Department is launching the SPD BodyWornVideo channel. At its core, the channel is confirmation that the surveillance society has gone mainstream—perhaps too mainstream.
The channel is already controversial because of its redaction tactics, and it comes as a presidential task force about the nation’s policing recommended that police wear body cameras, especially in the wake of this summer’s shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri. The cameras, which about a dozen Seattle officers began using late last year, can both vindicate and hold officers responsible.
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