With everything else coming apart at the seams, President Obama continues his focus on Ferguson. Today, he announced a $263 million proposal to help fund 50,000 police body cameras which would be subject to congressional approval.
I suspect the incoming Republican Congress will go along with it. But I doubt they would prevent another Ferguson.
It is interesting though that the use of a police body camera was crucial in a grand jury clearing a Salt Lake City police officer named Bron Cruz (who is identified in this article as “non-white”) for killing a 20-year old unarmed, white male named Dillon Taylor the same month Michael Brown was killed.
Then again a body camera wasn’t needed in 2012 for a grand jury to clear a black officer in Alabama named Trevis Austin of shooting an unarmed (and naked) 18-year old, white male named Gilbert Collar.
Even if Darren Wilson had been wearing a body camera and caught the Michael Brown shooting on film and it confirmed Wilson’s account we would still have violence in Ferguson, possibly even worse than what we have now. Conspiracy theories would have surely been concocted by those with a vested interest in keeping the black community angry.
Having more police body cameras might be a useful tool for law enforcement, but they will be ill-equipped to stop racial demagoguery.