In times like these where truth requires evidence, body cameras prove to be essential not only for the public but also for police officers. In a recent incident reported in Los Angeles, an African American woman would have accused the police officer of racism and harassment if the Hispanic officer had not worn a body camera that recorded the video.
The Hispanic police officer stopped the lady for using her cellphone while driving. In the video, she starts hurling racial insults at him while repeatedly calling him a "murderer."
"You're threatening to kill me and my son."
She goes on to say, "You're always going to be a Mexican. You'll never be white; you know that, right?"
We could know the actual side of the story only because the officer wore a body camera. In Los Angeles County, the officers have to pay for their cameras to ensure that they have a proof for such encounters. Just imagine what would have been the plight of this officer if the woman filed a harassment claim against him; it would have been difficult to prove his innocence owing to the failure of providing evidence.