Keep The Body Cams

I recently read a report from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan police that showed that the body cams did not effect the use of force by Officers.  OK, fine.  This tells any objective reviewer of the study that the cops are acting professionally and use force as required by the situation.

A couple of cases come to mind.  One in Baltimore where a detective shot an offender who was in the act of raising a gun.  One can only suspect that the creep meant to shoot and kill the officer.  (see “Cop’s Perspective” dtd 2/5/17)bodycam

Another incident happened in Rainbow City, AL.  A wanted felon fled the cops and jumped off a bridge with the usual injuries associated with such a foolish act.  The next day his family showed pictures of him in the hospital.  Claiming, of course, mistreatment by the police.  The chief immediately released the body cam footage of the incident that told a totally different and the truth about what happened.  (see “Cop’s Perspective” dtd 7/20/17)

We can only imagine the unrest/riots that would have occurred if not for the unblinking eye of the officers body cam.

Wonder how the Michael Brown Jr. incident would have played out had officer Darren Wilson been wearing a body cam?  Interesting thought huh?


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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