Ferguson Police Officers Will Get Vest Cameras, Officials Pledge

Police in riot gear mobilize during a standoff with protesters Monday. Police in riot gear mobilize during a standoff with protesters Monday. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

The City of Ferguson has pledged to make some serious changes to their police force. Most notably, police officers will be wearing cameras on their vests so all acts will be recorded. 

They offered this statement: 

In Rialto, California, the entire police force wears cameras of this kind. They record all interactions the officers have and they're about the size of a pager. In the first year of their use in Rialto, use of force fell by 60 percent and citizen complaints by 88 percent. The Rialto police chief explained, "When you talk about putting a camera on somebody, human nature is going to dictate that you’re going to mind your p’s and q’s and you’re going to be on the best behavior. At the same time, I think it’s had an impact on citizens. If they know you’re wearing a camera, they too will be on their best behavior." 

The city will also work to rebuild the business district, as many shops have been looted, and others have boarded up their windows in preparation. They will also work to increase the number of African American officers on their police force, as the predominantly African American population of Ferguson has a predominantly white police force. 

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