Study Finds That Assaults On Police Acutally RISE When Body-Cameras Are Used

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Two wide-scale studies analyzing the effects of police body-worn cameras on both citizen and police use of force incidents found that the presence of body cameras actually increases the likelihood that an officer will be assaulted.

Studies from the European Journal of Criminology and the Journal of Experimental Criminology found the rate of assaults on police officers actually jumped 15 percent when the officers were using body-worn cameras. 

Interestingly, the studies found that body-worn cameras did not influence the rate in which officers used force; however, officer use of force incidents did increase when officers were given the flexibility of turning the cameras on and off throughout their shift.

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