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David Lopez: The Invaluable Police Body Camera

The issue of body cam use in America is not new and for the majority of Americans, the balance between civil protections and the safety of our officers is paramount.

By: Sullivan, John, et al. “Nationwide, Police Shot and Killed Nearly 1,000 People in 2017.”


David Lopez: The Invaluable Police Body Camera


“The issue of body cam use in America is not new and for the majority of Americans, the balance between civil protections and the safety of our officers is paramount.’”

It is an issue that Las Vegas City Council candidate David Lopez has brought up in past interviews, and will continue to discuss as the municipal races slowly approach into 2019. An issue that Lopez considers valid and important needed to protect both police officer and the public. ‘The issue of body cam use in America is not new and for the majority of Americans, the balance between civil protections and the safety of our officers is paramount.’ ‘Let us be honest about it. No peace officer wakes up in the morning wanting to be at the center of a civil rights violation probe. It just doesn’t happen. No officer intends on losing their job or harming any civilian during the line of duty.’

In a recent report published by The Washington Post, 987 Americans were fatally shot in 2017 alone. This despite a widespread public outcry over the use of deadly force by police departments. ‘Indeed, it is an absolutely tragic scenario that no parent, wife, husband, or family should ever have to endure. ‘Learning about the death of a loved one at the hands of law enforcement. As I have said for years, law enforcement officers are heroes and go far beyond the typical limits of most people. Police are not super humans and are subject to human error. Hence, why the strict use of body cameras are invaluable.’ If a death should occur then the victim’s families should know every aspect of what happened.’

In 2015, officers fatally shot 94 unarmed civilians according to The Washington Post. At the local level, with the exclusion of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, agencies such as the Las Vegas Deputy Marshals office should implement the use of body cameras. If elected to the Las Vegas City Council in 2019, I will push to make sure that monies are allocated to fund the use of body cameras on our more than 60 city deputy marshals. ‘Look, there are many issues that will face us next year and beyond, but oversight and civilian/officer protection will clearly be an ongoing challenge. I want to forge a new reinforced relationship between our police officers and community residents. We need to rebuild trust and bonds with community. Police are our friends and we have to be cognizant of what they encounter daily.’

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