A body camera petition has pulled in over 100,000 votes – placing the formal request into the hands of the White House for a mandatory review. The cop camera petition – proposed in the online lobby as the “Mike Brown Law” – comes in the racially supercharged swath of unrest and violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Questions, contentions, conjectures and accusations run amok, and until a grand jury has been presented with all evidence, the details as to what went down between Ferguson’s Officer Darren Wilson and 18-year-old Michael Brown remain sealed.
A mandate for officers to wear a personal body camera, proponents say, would eliminate uncertainty and provide a measure of protection for both the cop and the accused.
The petition, carried on WhiteHouse.gov, is addressed to the Obama administration and requests the following:
Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state, county and local police to wear a camera. Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People petition for the Mike Brown Law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state, county and local police, to wear a camera. The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct (i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question from normally questionable police encounters. As well, help to hold all parties within a police investigation accountable for their actions.
As of the writing of this article, the petition, created by someone with the initials of “J.C.” from Hephzibah, Ga., had attracted over 140,000 unique signatures, which means it’s passing into the White House review pipeline.
Witnesses claim that Brown had his hands in the air when he was shot down by Wilson, who fired six rounds into the unarmed teen. Other reports say that Brown harassed, taunted and beat Wilson, all after video caught him stealing a box of cheap cigars and shoving the diminutive store clerk who tried to stop him. Witnesses said that Brown charged Wilson, forcing the officer to defend himself.
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