Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: End the ban on public access to footage from police body and dashboard cameras.
Public access to the footage from police officers’ body and dashboard cameras was recently restricted in North Carolina after Governor McCrory signed a new bill into law. This legislation makes it so footage of police officers making arrests or perhaps shooting and killing a black person is no longer on the public record. It also allows the police to decide whether or not the public will ever see a piece of footage.
The entire reason people fought to require police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cams is to keep them accountable after many years of increasing civilian deaths at the hands of cops. There have been many cases of officers telling one story about a fatal shooting and the footage from dashboard cameras or bystander cell phones telling a different one. This bill makes all those efforts pointless as cops can simply decide to keep incriminating footage secret.
It’s been shown time and time again that police officers tend to protect their own before ensuring justice is done for a victim of deadly police brutality. Sign our petition to demand that Governor McCrory work to lift the ban on public access to body and dashboard camera footage of brutality incidents.
Dear Governor McCrory,
Your recent signing of a bill to ban public access to the footage from police body and dashboard cameras is outrageous. The entire point of having these cameras is to keep police officers honest. Due to the high number of incidents in which officers have been caught lying by camera footage that shows and entirely different story than the cop gave, it’s become necessary to require more cameras in order to ensure that justice is done.
The bill banning public access to this footage makes these cameras pointless. If police have a tendency to lie to protect themselves and their colleagues, then the public needs to be able to see footage of incidents of alleged police brutality. Allowing cops to decide which footage is ever released to the public is ridiculous during a time when trust between the police and the public is at an all-time low.
In spite of what you might want to believe, police officers are normal human beings. Humans do bad things, they lie, and they cover up the truth to protect themselves sometimes. Due to the fact that police have so much power over the lives of other human beings, they need to be kept accountable. We demand that you work to reverse this ban on public access to police body and dashboard cam footage.
[Your Name Here]
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