The Charlotte Observer newspaper stated “From neither vantage point - a police dashboard camera and a body camera worn by one of the officers on the scene - can it be determined whether Scott is holding a gun". The Keith Scott event once again proves that low resolution police body cameras are simply not good enough to provide the transparency and facts needed today. No police officer should have their personal safety and career at risk by having a low resolution body camera that clouds the truth of what happened.
Almost always police body camera video proves that Officers acted responsibly and followed policy in a situation - when the video is clear enough to show what actually happened. Police Officers deserve to have body camera video cameras that show the truth of what happened.
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The average citizen cell phone is now High Definition. Video recorded by Keith Scott’s wife on her personal cell phone was obviously far better quality. Citizens wonder why police body camera video is not clear enough to show the truth of what happened.
The City of Charlotte paid a big price. Three days of riots caused millions of dollars in damages. Visitors were terrified, and tourist attractions such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame were vandalized. High quality body camera video released within hours might have helped prevent the riots. Commissioner Charles Ramsey pointed out that even though video was eventually released, “the delay had already done damage”.
High Definition police body cameras are available and cost effective today. Police Officers should have body cameras that are at least as good as the cell phone cameras citizens are using to record HD video of every incident. Low resolution police body cameras should be replaced as soon as possible. So that everyone can clearly see what actually happened.