Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Encourage the nationwide adoption of body cameras for all officers.
Disputes and altercations between law enforcement and civilians have become commonplace and the consequences are sometimes irreversible. In order to avoid these high-risk, intense situations, body cameras for officers have been introduced in an attempt to prevent disagreement, corruption and dishonesty.
A pilot program that took place in Orlando, Florida confirms the suspicion that body cameras motivate good behavior on both sides of the badge. The officers that took part in this program found that their use of force dropped by 53 percent and the amount of civilian complaints decreased by 65 percent. Also, the amount of injuries to both officers and civilians went down significantly.
These measures were popularized with increased media attention to police brutality and there were subsequent calls for more transparency and accountability. The body camera is surprisingly accepted by law enforcement and avid reform advocates, which makes it an appealing avenue for improvement. President Obama appears to be an advocate of the reform as he spent $75 million in the way of this initiative, so he should be able to take it a step further and formally mandate the body camera. Sign this petition urging President Obama to federally require the use of body cameras in all states.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing this letter to you to encourage the adoption of body cameras for police officers nationwide. As you may know, incidents of force and civilian complaints both see a marked decline when officers are wearing body cameras. In a time when police brutality is increasingly revealed and confronted, the use of body cameras would deter officers from acting impulsively or wrongfully. At the same time, they would provide clear and inarguable documentation of evidence or the lack thereof.
Police officers who have used body cameras admit that civilian behavior improves once they know that their interaction is being documented. Cameras serve as buffers to deescalate high intensity situations for fear of later repercussions. It also assists the officers in memory recall and evidence collection. The majority of officers who have utilized body cameras on the job have agreed that adopting the cameras for at least front line officers would be a beneficial change.
The public has seen enough police brutality and they are calling on you, leader of the United States, to enact positive change within law enforcement. You have the platform and power to be remembered as a leader of the people that enforces policies that benefit the public and does not protect those who take advantage of power. Please federally mandate the use of body cameras for all police officers in the United States.
[Your Name Here]
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