It’s been nearly one month since Darren Wilson, a White Ferguson, Mo., police officer, brutally gunned down Michael Brown (pictured), a Black 18-year-old youth. Since the shooting, Ferguson law enforcement are now reportedly being made to wear body cameras, according to Fox News.
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A reported 50 officers on the southern town’s force were outfitted with the donated cameras given to them by two companies, Safety Visions and Digital Ally, about a week ago. Training on how to use the video device was offered to the police force on Saturday, as company representatives taught the users how to attach the cameras to their uniforms and record and videotape.
A few police actually had the devices on during a protest march that took place in Ferguson on Saturday.
According to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who spoke to Fox News, the use of the body cameras should help law enforcement with regards to conduct and accountability in any given situation. “Everywhere I go people now have cameras. And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can tape the last part of an encounter and not tape the first part of the encounter, and it gives the impression that the police officer has overreacted when they haven’t,” she tells the news outlet.
Brown, a young man with high hopes of starting technical college this fall, was en route to his grandmother’s house with a friend, reportedly walking on the street instead of the sidewalk. Wilson allegedly approached the youths and chastised them about not using the sidewalk. The conversation between the police officer and Brown escalated, and moments later, Brown was shot reportedly six times by Wilson. Witnesses state Brown had his hands up in compliance but was savagely gunned down by Wilson anyway.
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