When those cameras tie into a real-time facial recognition database. An officer becomes a de facto, walking, real-time surveillance tower. NBC News
Police body cams are an unequivocal good. When cops know they are being filmed, they behave better. The problems with implementation, though, appear to be how easily the cop can turn the camera on or off, what the punishment is for not activating the camera before an incident, and whether the cameras further the aims of total surveillance. The solution seems to be to take away control of the body cam from the cop, and severe the connection between the cameras and facial recognition surveillance. In the end, it may still be up to private citizens to take the initiative and film police encounters.