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Cops, Cameras, and CrisisThe Potential and the Perils of Police Body-Worn Cameras$
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Michael D. White and Aili Malm

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479820177

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479820177.001.0001

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Are Body-Worn Cameras a “Silver Bullet” Solution?

Are Body-Worn Cameras a “Silver Bullet” Solution?

Research on the Benefits of the Technology

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Cops, Cameras, and Crisis

Michael D. White

Aili Malm

NYU Press

This chapter is devoted to the perceived benefits of BWCs. For each perceived benefit (enhanced transparency and legitimacy, accountability, reductions in force and complaints, evidentiary value, etc.), the authors concisely review the evidence and offer an assessment of the veracity of the claim. Based on the weight of the evidence, what can we conclude about the impact of BWCs on police legitimacy? What can we conclude about the impact of BWCs on use of force? In this chapter, the authors answer these questions..

Keywords:   police legitimacy, use of force, perceptions of police body-worn cameras

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