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Wearing Body Cameras Increases Assaults against Officers and Does Not Reduce Police Use of Force: Results from a Global Multi site Experiment
Barak Ariel, Alex Sutherland, Darren Henstock, Josh Young, Paul Drover, Jayne Sykes, Simon Megicks, Ryan Henderson
This randomized controlled experiment evaluated several effects of police body-worn video cameras. Essentially, the results show that the usage of body-worn cameras has no statistical effect on the police’s use of force. Further, results show that assaults against police officers was higher amongst those with body-worm cameras.
The results bring into question the ultimate benefit of outfitting police forces with body-worn cameras, and further bring up the possibility of disadvantaged to the technology.
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