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How the video revolutionized policing in the wake of George Floyd’s death

The incident is still to be thoroughly investigated, but a quick release of the video may have prevented potentially violent demonstrations.

In the last four years, Congress has given $ 112 million to many of America’s 18,000 police forces equipped with physical cameras.

Since Mr. Floyd’s death States including New York, Colorado and Connecticut have ordered all officers to put cameras on patrol.

Democrat Mayor Muriel Boeser in Washington DC signed an emergency resolution requiring body camera footage of all deadly or excessive force, events to be released to the public within five days.

The police union went to court to block the order, but the court supported the mayor.

In the end, the consequences of this inevitable march towards the filming of the police will be somewhat numerous.

Releasing videos immediately instead of months during a court case can provoke riots in the heat of the hour.

It can also encourage incidents of “suicide by police” by individuals seeking social media fame.

However, legal experts say this may also eliminate the need for longer trials of police officers.

“If I was a prosecutor [in the George Floyd case] I would have played the video, and I would have sat down, ”said Joe Lawford, a law professor at Stetson University in Florida.

“It ended, ‘he said, we said – the citizens said it, law enforcement said that’. All that was taken away.”

“That’s why body cameras are becoming so important. Technology has really made that clear.”

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