Martin Van Overbeek of the Fresno Police Department models a Taser Axon Flex body-worn camera. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

SAN LEANDRO, Calif.—All I knew was that somebody called in a local disturbance—a local barbecue had apparently gotten a little too loud. I tapped twice to activate my body-worn camera, which hung from the middle of my chest. I listened for the beep to indicate that it was recording and started walking.
A moment later, I was face-to-face with a man who seemingly would not shut up.
“Hello, how are you sir?” I said, trying to be authoritative, friendly, and cop-like.
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