Videos Don’t Lie: African Americans’ Support for Body-Worn Cameras
Criminal Justice Review
In light of growing concern regarding the policing of inner-city communities—including questionable incidents of use of force—equipping officers with body-worn cameras (BWCs) has emerged as a salient proposal for reform. Based on a national-level survey of African Americans (n = 1,000), this project shows that wide consensus exists among Black citizens in favor of BWCs. Since ostensibly “videos don’t lie,” implementing camera technology thus may be a means to increase police legitimacy. Importantly, the analysis also reveals that African Americans support a broad range of reforms to improve inner-city policing, of which BWCs are only one. Finally, the survey included a subset of 45 Black police officers. These officers also supported BWCs and most other proposed reforms but at a level that was lower and less intense than African American members of the public.
Graham, Amanda, Hannah D. McManus, Francis T. Cullen, Velmer S. Burton Jr., Cheryl Lero Jonson.
"Videos Don’t Lie: African Americans’ Support for Body-Worn Cameras."
Criminal Justice Review, 44 (3): 284-303: SAGE Journals.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0734016819846229 source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0734016819846229