Should the Police Wear Body Cameras? (2014), by Sean Gabb

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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."