Forbes – Outfit All On-Duty Police With Video Cameras Now

29 Aug

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How to protect honest cops from false charges while outing bad ones

Who watches the watchmen? The question goes back at least as far as Plato and Socrates, who pondered the challenge of disciplining their proposed guardian class. They called their solution the Noble Lie, a foundation myth instilled in all citizens that the system was just and that corrupt guardians would bring down the wrath of the gods.

If the Ferguson fiasco taught us anything, it’s that the Noble Lie won’t cut it anymore. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. Thanks to the inexorable march of Moore’s Law, we can now turn the watchman job over to digital video.  Low cost continuous recording devices provide a new answer to that ancient question.

So, who watches the watchmen now? All of us.

To read the rest of the column in Forbes click here.

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