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Police Body Cameras: Coming Everywhere in 3 to 5 Years

The public largely sees body cams as a tool for police transparency and accountability, not a Big Brother nightmare. Still, there are many issues to consider as more departments adopt them.
Video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office shows University of Cincinnati police officer Ryan Tensing, who shot and killed Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man, during a traffic stop.
Video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office shows University of Cincinnati police officer Ryan Tensing, who shot and killed Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man, during a traffic stop.Reuters

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing went to jail on Wednesday after he was indicted on murder charges for shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. After releasing body-worn-camera footage of the shooting, Joe Deters, the Hamilton County prosecutor who brought the charges against Tensing, told reporters, “He purposefully killed him.”

The alleged murder of Sam DuBose may mark the turning point in the public debate about requiring police to wear body cameras. If DuBose’s death turns public opinion in favor of police body cams, then the public will have caught up with the police departments themselves.