Tape captures officer intimidating driver
18, 2014, a Cuyahoga County grand jury found the shooting justified and Wilson is back on the job.He now has nothing but praise for the device that he believes may have saved his career.Taser, one of the leading manufacturers of body cameras, states on its website more than 3,500 U. police agencies had bought its Axon cameras alone as of September 2015.
Many also consider them critical to rebuilding public trust in the wake of a series of controversial police shootings of civilians — many of them black men.President Barack Obama cited improving relations between police and minority communities when he requested 3 million to fund police body cameras and training in December 2014. Black Lives Matter, which grew out of African-American outrage following the police slayings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York, and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, among others, is not a fan.Carmen Dixon, an organizer with the civil rights group’s New York City chapter and its spokesperson on the issue, says the cameras add to the militarization of cops, increase surveillance of law-abiding citizens and put the fox in charge of the henhouse by allowing police to control the “evidence” they produce.Responding to reports of a domestic disturbance, Wilson fatally shot a man who was stabbing his ex-girlfriend and wouldn’t stop.
It was the first time in a dozen years on the job he had killed anyone.“They treated me like I was a murder suspect,” he said.