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My Turn: Body cameras for police are a good thing

This week, we learned the police department in Ferguson, Missouri received body cameras as a donation from a private company. Earlier this year we showed you how Wilmington police officers were using the devices too.

The Associated Press says more and more departments are adding them. The devices are worn by officers and record all their interactions with the public. I'm starting to think that this is more than a good idea.

I believe this will become a necessity for every police officer working the streets. These cameras will much more easily end the "he said, she said" disputes that take place over police brutality. And we'll see much less of those debates and protests on the evening news.

Police officers have one of the toughest jobs in the world. There are many great officers who get into this line of work because they want to improve the community where they live. But they often find themselves on the defensive, just trying to justify their actions.

On the flip side, we should have no tolerance for bad officers who overstep their bounds and abuse the power they have been given to keep the peace. This is a possible solution.

I hope more and more departments in our area consider using these devices.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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