Police body cameras reduce racial disparities

The science is real!

Progressive Dane alders will find it more difficult to vote against cameras worn by police officers after a report issued by UW-Madison law professor Keith Findley.

Findley chaired the committee that proposed the Police Civilian Oversight Board and is an alternate on that board. In a memo issued today to Mayor Satya and the Common Council, Findley said introduction of body-worn cameras in the Chicago police force “had a significant impact on increasing accountability for police misconduct … and in minimizing racial disparities in adjudication of civilian complaints.”

Findley cited a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Confirmation of civilian complaints against police increased 64% after the implementation of body cameras. Further, complaints from black people were less likely to be ruled unsubstantiated — from 53% before using the cameras to 18% after their introduction — about the same as white complainants (16%).

Body cameras survived a non-binding test vote 07-06-21 by a 10-9 vote. These alders voted against police cameras:

Juliana Bennett*§, Brian Benford§ (Willie St.), Nikki Conklin*§ (northwest side), Jael Currie, Yannette Figueroa Cole*§ (Orchard Ridge, Nakoma), Grant Foster* (east side), Keith Furman (19th), Patrick Heck* (2nd), and Arvina Martin (11th).” ( * Progressive Dane; § Socialist ). More here.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Sad thing is that the research won’t change a single vote, it sez here.

What do YOU think?

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5 Responses to Police body cameras reduce racial disparities

  1. mapkp says:

    I have probably missed this somewhere but why are Police Body Cameras opposed by a majority of the Common Council?


    • pANTIFArts says:

      They are opposed because they record criminals doing crimes, and refute people’s “truths” and “lived experiences” in interactions with police.

      Straight up, that’s it.

      Controlling the narrative as to what actually transpired during a contact with officers is crucial to those wishing to “abolish the police” or “cancel the cops”. PBC’s can take that control away, (from both sides, actually), just callously recording the truth instead. Endorsed by police and citizens with functioning brains, – opposed by ProgDane and communists, (does anybody want to solve the puzzle?) I suppose if they disproportionately record POC, then they are probably racist, everything else is.

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  2. One eye says:

    “Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant”

    Not so much in Madison, WI.

    What IS that smell?

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Probably the rank odor of hypocrisy, which emanates from every pore of the alders who voted against police body cams–the same ones who loudly proclaim their belief in science, except when it conclusively demonstrates their idiocy.


  3. georgessson says:

    Only a true wordsmith could write this phrase…

    “… wherever the great architect expelled a loogie.”

    At any rate, Yepper, racism is everywhere, and even diminutive historic sites stand inna way of “Section 8″…..

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