Criminology

Body cameras and police misconduct

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Science  19 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6450, pp. 246-247
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6450.246-e

Following high-profile cases of police misconduct, there has been increasing public support for the use of police body-worn cameras but limited evidence about their effectiveness. Yokum et al. conducted a randomized control trial of body camera use involving more than 2000 officers in the Washington, D.C., police department. They found no significant effects of wearing body cameras on use of force, civilian complaints, police activity, or judicial outcomes. These findings suggest that large-scale employment of police body cameras may not solve the challenge of police misconduct on its own.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116, 10329 (2019).

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