Might there be a video arms race of sorts underway?
A free trial offer by Taser has enabled Burlington police to begin testing shoulder mounted video devices that can, at their discretion record incidents and encounters. It’s just another tool Taser makes to protect us. So relax. The Free Press reporter notes at the start of the article that one possible use
[officers]…can use the tiny camera mounted on his shoulder to record his interactions with drunks and loiterers along Burlington’s Marketplace.
At least he sounds convinced that only those already guilty of something will be videoed.
The camera’s default mode continuously captures and then overwrites 30 second loops of video. At any time, an officer can either turn off the camera or start recording video.
Usage policy advises sensibly that:
Officers “will try to avoid recording videos” of naked people, or in places where people would reasonably expect privacy
and a nod is given to respect First Amendment rights
“unless an obvious violation of criminal law is occurring, or if the officer is in the same vicinity for other legitimate law enforcement purposes.”