Body Cameras Shine Spotlight on Police

In the wake of the Cincinnati shooting, ABC News' Pierre Thomas reports on the impact of body cameras on policing.
2:02 | 08/02/15

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Get right. It. Prosecutors believe the body cam video and the University of Cincinnati police shooting provided them with a virtual smoking gun that. This is without question Omer. Officer ray tens and has pleaded not guilty claiming he feared for his life setting the stage for an emotional legal battle. And the fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose was on our body camera video frame by frame critical that prosecution's witnesses and charged the ops will be the center of yet another controversial case involving police and one or. The evidence growing that police believe they'd need body cam. Taser the largest manufacturer of body cams said it had a 154%. Increase in sales of the device last year. With more than 52000 body cameras being used by 3500 law enforcement agencies. Why are so many chiefs moving to the body cam so quickly. I think because a liability. And transparency. Yeah. Yeah it's. Look in some cases brought him help expose police misconduct. But in others they indicate the use of deadly force. Don't ask don't want me. I want OK your video. Celestine Texas wants his two officers wearing body and Stewart a robbery suspect out of a restaurant. Any pulls a Doug. In response the officers fired. Fatally wounding the man all caught on safe. In critical as the cameras could help remove doubt. Especially in localities where minority communities and he's a lot of mistrust. It cuts both ways body cameras actually helped the police probably more than they potentially hurt them. Police seized across the country increasingly. Out of that body can do their best for reducing tensions and rebuilding trust. Oh and as we hear Thomas ABC news Washington. It.

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