In light of recent events on both the local and national stage, more and more people here in Milwaukee are now calling on the police department to require all of its officers to be equipped with body cameras to record their interactions with the public. Indeed, an online petition calling for the Milwaukee PD to secure the technology currently boosts well over 2,000 signatures.
For its part, the Milwaukee PD appears to be moving in this direction. After testing five different models of body camera last year, the department is now looking to secure 50 cameras to use in a pilot program to be launched sometime in 2015.
Many people, however, are viewing these efforts are falling well short, arguing that they will serve to do nothing more than delay the inevitable and delay the public the necessary protection from potential misconduct.
According to criminal justice experts and civil liberties advocacy groups, while this public frustration is certainly understandable, people must nevertheless remember that the practical considerations attending such a move must be carefully considered in order to ensure its success.