Casey McQuillan, from Roosevelt @ Amherst, published his proposal for body cameras in the Harvard Journal on African American Public Policy.
The shooting and killing of Mike Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, drew national attention to issues of discrimination, police brutality, and the growing divide between communities and their local law enforcement agencies. Compounding this with the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer responsible, the need for police reform became evident. On the national level, reform focused on requiring body-mounted cameras on patrolling officers to provide better evidence for these cases. However, as this article argues, body cameras alone will not improve policing without also engaging the community—the people most affected by these issues.