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Why is the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department Union fighting the use of body cams for its officers?

Answer:  I suspect it's because the rank and file cops don't want the public to see how they make arrests, car stops and the like.  Many citizens complain that the police treat them rudely and act like bullies, especially when making an arrest. I have had clients complain of illegal car and home searches when the police suspect criminal activity - but then it comes down to the cop's word versus the suspect's word.  And the Courts often side with the cop.  Wouldn't it be beneficial for all to have an unbiased video and audio recording of all police encounters?  

Body cams are inexpensive and now used by one-third of all police departments nationwide and one-half of all big city departments.  Yet the J.S.O. police union is dragging its feet on the use of body cams and wants to make this a negotiating issue.  Why all the fuss?  Perhaps it's because they fear the transparency that body cams would provide in day to day police encounters. They don't want clever defense lawyers questioning them about what their written reports say versus what the body cam video and audio show - in short, they fear the truth.  

If the police want to regain the trust of those they are duty-bound to protect and serve, they should have no problem with body cams; but instead, it seems they prefer to continue to recite thier own version of 'the truth' to Courts and Prosecutors, as our trust in them continues to erode.      

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