According to The Root, new studies are showing that police violence is not being deterred by the wearing of body cams. These studies – conducted by the NPR and Lab @ DC – looked at police within the D.C. metro for a year, and found that there were no statistical behavor changes that could be attributed to the wearing of body cameras.
The Chief’s reaction? Maybe his officers “were doing the right thing in the first place.”
The author of the article makes note that most during the study, there were still lots of civilian complaints against police officers.
Let’s take a few things into account here.
1) Washington D.C. is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, with its’ top crimes being murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
2) 49% of the population is African-American.
3) African-Americans are statistically more likely to commit a crime.
4) This statistic from The Color of Crime 2016 report:
In 2015, police killings of blacks accounted for approximately 4 percent of homicides of blacks. Police killings of unarmed blacks accounted for approximately 0.6 percent of homicides of blacks. The overwhelming majority of black homicide victims (93 percent from 1980 to 2008) were killed by blacks.
So, who were these civilians that were filing complaints against police? We’re not saying that there aren’t some officers out there that need to be reprimanded, but when reading articles like these, one has to look at the overall picture. One also needs to look at the source. The writer of this article is an African-American woman whose signature is “Take up space. Also: Resist.”