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Gizmodo | 03.15.15

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

Alex Rosenblat

“Despite the Rialto study and several others, there’s still not a broad body of data on how police body cams affect police behavior and community responses. The state of rigorous study of police body cameras is neatly summarized in a recently released working paper on the subject from the Data and Society Research Institute […] The paper takes a close look at Rialto as well as a few other that have been performed so far. According to one of its authors [D&S researcher] Alex Rosenblat, the only really generalizable point is that cameras lead to a drop in complaints, partially because after people look at the footage, they see themselves and decide pursuing the complaint isn’t worth it.”

Mario Aguilar, How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook, Gizmodo, March 16, 2015

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