Should the Police Wear Body Cameras? (2014), by Sean Gabb
Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, speaking on Winchester Live on-Line, on Tuesday the 4th March 2014.
The background to this discussion is a proposal, somewhere in the West Country, for the Police to be fitted with body cameras.
Sean argues these points:
- We know the Police are frequently abusive in their dealings with the public. Fitting them with body cameras would force them to behave more reasonably.
- It is a defect of the scheme that the cameras could be turned off and on at the discretion of officers. Cameras should record every single interaction between the Police and public.
- Any police officer who objects to omnipresent surveillance should remember the standard reply of his own chiefs to complaints from the public about mass-surveillance: "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."