When it comes to the effectiveness of body cam footage in addressing police brutality and systemic racism, please understand why I am not going to base my understanding on what you presume.
If we look at the evidence, we see that there is a reduction in use of force, but no indication of justification nor racism.
Please explain why would instances of justified use of force decrease while unjustified use of force remained constant. I would expect that most of the decrease was driven by a decrease in the unjustified use of force, simply because the footage would show such use of force was indeed justified.
Likewise, I would also expect decreased discriminatory treatment by individual cops, since discriminatory treatment would tend to lead to complaints and any such instances would be filmed too.
Pants-of-dog wrote:When it comes to the killing of Elijah McCain, all the evidence that you can amass is telling you these cops unjustly killed him. Are you arguing that suspected murderers should be allowed to walk free just because the DA knows them and decided not to prosecute?
How did you infer that from my post?
Pants-of-dog wrote:Because if anyone else killed a young man walking home and the DA decided not to prosecute and had a personal relationship with the killer, this would be a big deal.
This would likely lead the DA to lose the reelection. Or perhaps would lead to a recall election. I doubt a DA would face prosecution for it, however, because they get a lot of leeway to decide to prosecute under the law
and they are ultimately to answer voters in an election. Such system is of course bound to be flawed, but the alternatives are far from perfect and it's not clear they are any better.
Pants-of-dog wrote:But not if the killer is wearing a police uniform. Or the four killers, or however many were involved.
Now, you have a whole laundry list of things that the DA supposedly needs to justify about Elijah McCain’s murder. Have they done any of this? Are they required to do so?
How do they justify the legality of this killing?
I don't know, since you brought it up I'm asking you. What did the DA say about it? I recall that he said there was not enough evidence for indictment, without any further elaboration, which would likely be because
the bodycam did not film the action (if the facts are as they were stated in the press and not because the bodycam footage "exonerated" them, after all how could it exonerate the cops if the camera was not filming anyone?). If so, the solution would be to forbid cops from intentionally refusing to film their procedures be it by turning their cams off or by pointing it elsewhere.