Surveillance cameras help police track suspects. They help collect traffic fines. They increase the power of the police.
They also serve as a warning to police. The cameras can catch police in infractions.
Such was te case in Rochester, New York. Two policemen pulled over a motorist who they said hd not come to a complete stop. They found drugs and a gun. He spent four months in jail.
He was released when a judge viewed the driver’s car on a video. In came to a complete stop. The police report was in error.
The man is now suing the city for false arrest and imprisonment.
Surveillance by the police can be surveillance of the police. The cameras are a two-edged sword.
Police departments will find that they have people looking over their officers’ shoulders. They will have to adjust.