The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they’ve had no impact on (already rare) use of force.

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Police body cameras have no impact on use of force or a variety of variables per the US Department of Justice.

Is this because the data indicates that force or the threat of force by police officers is relatively rare?

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Data from the CrimeSolutions.Gov indicate that police body cameras have no impact on use of force or a variety of variables measured (officer injuries, officer-initiated calls for service, traffic stops, field interviews, and arrest incidents). The USDOJ article summarizing multiple studies is below.

There will be endless people bewildered by the results. If one looks at the data as to citizen surveys regarding their interactions with cops, it shouldn’t be surprising.

I’m going to focus on use of force because that was the most important variable measured. Cameras were supposed to keep cops honest and eliminate unnecessary coercion.

The public narrative (via media accounts) over the last five years suggests that cops are semi-brutal oppressors who violate the rights of people (especially minorities) and are simply too quick to use force. Videos of “cops gone wrong” have tens of millions of views. Mandating the use of body cameras would reduce the use of violence because there would be evidence of malfeasance.

But that assumes that there is empirical evidence that the narrative lives up to the reality.

Gators And “The Narrative”

I live in Florida; alligators live right behind my house in a pond.  People see endless videos of gators walking through public streets and yards. Videos of gators being menacing are common; they have millions of views.

Thus I have friends afraid to visit us because of a perception that’s simply false. In 99.99 percent of the time, gators do everything they can to avoid humans. As I ride my bike, grandmothers walk their small dogs through gator-infested park-swamplands without a care in the world.

Yes, there is an occasional gator attack, usually when someone does something stupid. But attacks are light-years from the norm.

Yes, there are obviously times when cops do something stupid or criminal and yes, when caught on video, it’s seen endlessly thus influencing a narrative that cops are out of control.

Is the perception accurate?

Out of 40 Million Police Contacts-Two to Three Percent Involve Force “Or” Threat Of Force

An estimated 40 million U.S. residents age 16 or older, or about 17 percent of the population, had a face-to-face contact with a police officer in one year. Among people who had face-to-face contacts, about nine out of 10 residents felt the police were respectful or acted properly, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Having said this, it’s inevitable that out of 40 million yearly encounters, some will go bad. It’s a statistical reality.

Per the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, police used or threatened to use force in less than two percent of contacts.

Police Citizen Contacts

Some media commentators suggest that police use of force is growing/common/frequent during police-initiated stops. Less than 3% of U.S. residents experienced a threat “or” use of force during their most recent police-initiated contact.

Contrary to media reports, the use of force decreased for police-initiated contacts from 3.3 to 2.8 percent.

Contrary to critics, police-initiated arrests decreased considerably, 815,000 in 2015-386,000 in 2018, Contacts Between Police and the Public.

Estimates As To Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Men By Law Enforcement-The Skeptic (rearranged quotes)

In a chart offered by The Skeptic, people (based on political affiliation) estimated the number of unarmed Black men killed by law enforcement in 2019.

Estimates ranged from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to more than 10,000 with those claiming a liberal affiliation leading the way as to higher estimates. However, all groups including moderates to conservatives grossly exaggerated the numbers.

According to the Washington Post database, regarded as the “most complete database,” 13 unarmed black men were fatally shot by police in 2019. According to a second database called “Mapping Police Violence”, compiled by data scientists and activists, 27 unarmed black men were killed by police (by any means) in 2019, The Skeptic.

“Unarmed” doesn’t mean that the person didn’t impose a threat to himself or others. It doesn’t mean that a police officer could justifiably believe that he was armed (i.e., taking a shooter’s stance with a shiny object or was a suicide-death by cop).

According to Department of Justice research, most violent crime does not involve a firearm yet victims are routinely injured or killed.

Law Enforcement-One Of The Most Respected Institutions

Study after study, poll after poll state that the vast majority of Americans give police very high marks. While there are differences based on race or income or age or political affiliation, the majority of Americans, regardless of demographics, rate cops highly and want law enforcement in their communities, Police Public Opinion.

Conclusions/Opinions

Body cameras didn’t cut use of force because, according to citizen polls as to police actions or behaviors, it’s extraordinarily rare.

I fully understand that no amount of empirical evidence will convince detractors but the data supports my conclusions. The narrative of “out of control” cops is ingrained in our collective understanding of law enforcement prompting thousands to leave the profession.

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are thousands of officers leaving the job.  There are cities throughout the country stating that they do not have enough police officers to respond to calls. Per the Police Executive Research Forum, there is a 63 percent reduction in police recruitment. Crime (and fear of crime) is growing rapidly.

Officers tell me that they are tired of a false narrative. Their family members are insisting they get out. Many officers feel that the American public has abandoned them.

Illegal and unwarranted use of force by police officers is a reality and should be condemned and prosecuted. Every cop in the country understands this. Every citizen, regardless of who they are, needs to be treated with dignity and respect.

But the endless narratives as to “all” cops being brutal is a false stereotype as vicious as racism or sexism. If you are capable of condemning one million cops over the actions of a few, you are capable of any “ism.” It’s no wonder that police officers are bailing.

There were times when I was a police officer when I had to make an immediate decision as to using force or lethal force. Thank God I made the correct decisions. Yet I fully understood that it’s ridiculously easy for police officers to make mistakes. It’s impossible to be on the force for years and make the proper split-second decision every time and then be subject to national humiliation.

But like all ingrained perceptions, law enforcement will be stuck with a troubled reputation for years to come. In today’s social media world, videos without context are extraordinarily powerful instruments shaping public opinion.

Every poll indicates that, regardless of demographics, the vast majority of Americans trust police officers, and yes, there are differences based on race, age, or politics.

But regardless, the overwhelming majority feel that cops they interact with act appropriately, and almost all citizens want them in their communities. Per Gallup, North American law enforcement is the highest-rated police force in the world.

The results of public opinion will probably be the same regardless of officers having (or not having) body cameras.

CrimeSolutions.Gov-Office Of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice (edited for brevity)

This practice involves the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement. The aim of this practice is to record interactions from an officer’s point of view to improve accountability and positively affect police officer behavior. 

The practice is rated No Effects for its effects on officer use of force, officer injuries, officer-initiated calls for service, traffic stops, field interviews, and arrest incidents.

Practice Goals

Body-worn cameras are recording devices worn by law enforcement officers. These cameras record activities, events, and interactions with members of the community from the officer’s vantage point. Law enforcement uses body-worn cameras for numerous reasons.

For example, the cameras can capture an objective record of events, rather than forcing agencies to rely solely on written reports from officers or accounts from citizens, thereby potentially encouraging mutual accountability during encounters.

Additionally, body-worn cameras are also thought to improve police conduct and transparency, especially regarding police use of force (Lum et al. 2020).

Practice Components

Officers can wear body-worn cameras on their clothing (on the chest, shirt pocket, collar, or shoulder) or mounted on a helmet or glasses. The cameras are small enough to be worn without encumbering officers in their regular work (Ariel, Farrar, and Sutherland 2015).

Body-worn cameras can be used in numerous ways, depending on the jurisdiction employing them. For example, some police departments give body-worn cameras only to officers in specialized units, such as tactical, gang, undercover, or K9 units.

Other departments make use of body-worn cameras for all uniformed officers. The function of the body-worn camera can also vary across jurisdictions. Some cameras turn on by default and remain in operation through the officer’s entire shift (though there are some exceptions for interactions with informants, or in cases of serious sexual assault).

Other cameras are turned on manually by the officers wearing them. Law enforcement officers can be instructed to inform citizens that the body-worn camera is on and recording them, though some agencies do not require such notifications (Lum et al. 2020).

Practice Theory

The use of body-worn cameras is rooted in two theories: deterrence theory and perceived social surveillance. Deterrence theory states (in part) that the certainty of getting caught and punished for wrongdoing decreases the likelihood of engaging in wrongdoing.

In the case of body-worn cameras, the camera serves as a “credible threat” in the detection of negative behaviors, such as the use of excessive force by police officers, and thus decreases the likelihood of those behaviors (Ariel et al. 2016).

Additionally, research proposes that people are more likely to adhere to social norms and change their conduct in a socially desirable direction when they are aware of being observed (Farrar and Ariel 2013).

When civilians are aware they are being monitored through a body-worn camera, they are less likely to be aggressive and more inclined to cooperate with law enforcement officers. In turn, police officers would be less likely to react inappropriately by behaving in a rude manner or using excessive force.

Justice Systems or Processes – Use of force
Aggregating the results from 26 studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact on officers’ use of force.

Crime & Delinquency – Assault on officer/officer injuries/resistance
Aggregating the results from 15 studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact upon assaults on officers, officer injuries, and resistance to officers.

Crime & Delinquency – Multiple crime/offense types
Aggregating the results from 13 studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact on arrests.

Justice Systems or Processes – Officer-initiated calls for service
Aggregating the results from eight studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact on general measures of officer-initiated calls for service or proactivity.

Crime & Delinquency – Traffic stops/traffic tickets
Aggregating the results from five studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact on traffic stops or tickets (specific measures of proactivity by officers).

Justice Systems or Processes – Field interviews/stop and frisk
Aggregating the results from five studies, Lum and colleagues (2020) found that the use of body-worn cameras by police officers did not have a statistically significant impact on stop-and-frisk stops – also called pedestrian stops—and field interviews (a specific measure of proactivity by officers).

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

The left demanded police body cams. USDOJ data shows they've had no impact on (already rare) use of force.
We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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