David Harris on Body-Worn Video Cameras for Police Officers
Professor David Harris described the advantages of wearable video cameras for police officers in the Pittsburgh City Paper's story, New Ideas for the New Year. The cameras, worn by officers using a small earpiece, make for greater accountability to the public for police conduct. For example, in the case involving the beating of CAPA High School student Jordan Miles by three Pittsburgh police officers, "[i]f you'd had the three officers all wearing cameras, you would have a pretty detailed picture of what happened...There would be a lot less dispute." The cameras also protect officers from baseless complaints.