Target: United States Department of Justice
Demand: Praise Department of Justice for funding body-worn cameras by Police.
The United States Department of Justice has recently announced that it will allocate $20 million toward the purchasing of body-worn cameras and training staff how to use them. After public outrage about people dying while in police custody, most recently Freddie gray in Baltimore, citizens have requested that police wear the cameras so that authorities know exactly what happens when they respond to a call.
The Department of Justice says that $17 million will be used to buy the cameras, $2 million will be used for training, and $1 million will be used to evaluate them once they’re in use.
Officials hope that the body-worn cameras will increase accountability and transparency and improve police relations with the public.
Dear U.S. Department of Justice,
After the uproar in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and other areas across the country over relations between police and citizens, your announcement that $20 million will be spent to equip officers with body-worn cameras is very welcome.
Body-worn cameras will allow police and residents alike to be more accountable for their actions and facilitate the proper handling of police situations. We, the undersigned, thank you for initiating this program and urge you to continue it in years to come.
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