San Jose police fight back with head-mounted cameras


Image credit: TASER International, Inc.

For as long as there have been camera phones there have been members of the public using them to document instances of police misbehavior. Now, head cameras from Taser International are turning the tables.

"People have been using (this technology) against us for years, unfortunately only for the bad stuff," says San Jose police officer William Pender. "So it'd be nice to show our view and our side of what's going on."

But there may be another upside to this latest Big Brother intrusion: there may actually be an improvement in police behavior as a result of wearing the device. "I think it will also make the officers very aware that their behavior is being documented, which could cut down on possible police excesses," says Sam Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

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