While police across the country have been using wiretapping laws to arrest people who videotape them in public, some police departments are resorting to equipping their officers with video cameras.
The latest police department to equip their officers with cameras is the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas, according to KSN.com.
Kansas is a one-party consent state, in case you’re wondering.
Sheriff Craig Murphy believes these cameras will protect his deputies from false accusations of police brutality.
“You know, from time to time, I get complaints that come across my desk about one of our officers maybe having a bad day,” says Murphy. “This video will be able to show everything.”
The deputies will be using Scorpion cameras that clip on to their uniforms which sell for just over $100 each, according to this website.
“That’s the beauty of this Scorpion (camera) is the price,” explains Murphy. “We can buy a lot of these and they are mobile. The cameras in the cars only capture what’s in front of them. These cameras go where we go.”
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office seems to have better business sense than the San Jose Police Department, which announced last year that they will equip their officers with head-mounted cameras that are produced by Taser Inc. that will cost almost $3,000 per officer at a total of $4 million-a-year to equip every officer.
Meanwhile, the Albuquerque Police Department has spent more than $50,000 to equip their officers with the Scorpion cameras as Photography is Not a Crime reader, First Amendment advocate and KOB-TV investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola informs us in the video below.
New Mexico is also a one-party state, but California is a two-party state, meaning that every San Jose police officer is committing a felony when recording people in public – if we were to use police logic.