Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They're on Video


"Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They're on Video," produced by Paul Detrick and Will Neff. About 5:45 minutes. 

Original release date was March 25, 2014. and the original text is below. 

Civilians shoot and upload police encounters to the Internet everyday using tiny cameras on their cell phones and other mobile devices. In fact it may be easier than ever to keep the police accountable with the technology we all carry around in our pockets. But police are looking to keep civilians accountable too by wearing cameras of their own. Reason TV sat down with former Seattle Police officer Steve Ward, who left the force to start Vievu, a company that makes body cameras for police officers.

"Everyone behaves better when they're on video," says Ward. "I realized that dash cams only capture about five percent of what a cop does. And I wanted to catch 100 percent of what a cop does."

The cameras are small, light, and clip to the clothing of a police officer's uniform. They turn on with a large switch on the front of the camera and have a green circle that surrounds the lens so that civilians know that the camera is recording.

But once the data is recorded, what stops an officer from editing or manipulating the video? Ward says his cameras contain software that stops officers from doing anything nefarious with it, "Our software platform stops officers from altering, deleting, copying, editing, uploading to YouTube, any of the videos that the cops take."

While body cameras present the strong benefit of keeping police accountable, they also present a risk of invading civilians' privacy. But in a policy brief from October 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that depending on how the body cameras were implemented, the privacy concerns could be dealt with.

Although we generally take a dim view of the proliferation of surveillance cameras in American life, police on-body cameras are different because of their potential to serve as a check against the abuse of power by police officers. Historically, there was no documentary evidence of most encounters between police officers and the public, and due to the volatile nature of those encounters, this often resulted in radically divergent accounts of incidents. Cameras have the potential to be a win-win, helping protect the public against police misconduct, and at the same time helping protect police against false accusations of abuse.

In 2013, The New York Times reported that the city of Rialto, Calif., was able to cut down on complaints against officers by 88 percent over the previous year when it gave its officers body cameras.  Use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent.

Approximately 5:42.

Produced by Paul Detrick. Edited by Detrick and William Neff. Shot by Alex Manning.

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  1. “I wanted to catch 100 percent of what a cop does.”


  2. Ex Cop: Everyone Behaves Better When They’re on Video

    We disagree.

    -The cast of “Jersey Shore”

    1. Contestants on the New Price Is Right

    2. -The cast of “Jersey Shore”

      So very ^this^, but it will allow a first-hand view of what really happened.

  3. OT: A gift for you Peanuts-…..ed-to-2013

    Price of gold adjusted for inflation (1776-2014). You will see where it is headed based on its historical moving average. It is not pretty.

    1. I see it’s shit the bed since your hero got into the White House. But that would just put it on an opposite trajectory of every other commodity out there for the past six years and his devotion to devaluing the dollar.

      By the way, I thought you’d appreciate this equally indepth analysis.

    2. There are lies, damned lies, and then there are shrike statistics.

    3. Feel free to invest wherever you like, I’m willing to go with my own choices, and adhere to my feeling that you’re a fucking imbecile with nothing of value to say on investing.

      1. Who are you claiming Rollo is today Tulpa, a Wall Street investor? Or maybe an astronaut or a foreign dignitary?

        1. Those aren’t mutually exclusive!

        2. Hey, this hat comes right off! You’re no cowboy astronaut!

    4. Gold, a compact commodity, is a hedge against inflation. IOW it’s one the things you measure the currency against to find out what inflation is doing. Why then would you adjust the price for inflation?

      People who play commodities for growth or dividends are playing a dangerous gamble. However, I have solid, in-my-possession positions in gold, silver and .22LR. But they aren’t for making money, even though selling them today would bring a tidy profit. They are money. They are there in case the dollar goes away.

      1. But they aren’t for making money, even though selling them today would bring a tidy profit. They are money. They are there in case the dollar goes away.

        Exactly. Gold in terms of earning real return is not a great investment. But it is a wonderful hedge against inflation.

        1. Is it possible to move quick enough to take advantage of the various movements here
          to make profits off of gold?

          Sort of a mini-trend following thing if you will.

          If you do that here even if you forget or don’t leave a position fast enough you still have gold and it will eventually move back in the right direction.

          1. Is it possible to move quick enough to take advantage of the various movements here
            to make profits off of gold?

            Yes, it is possible. No, I haven’t been able to time any market worth a damn, and I’ve been in the market since 1975. Everyone I’ve seen try that kind of trading got eaten alive. Predicting the market is like predicting climate. Yes, I know the science very well. No, I don’t know when Spring weather will find its way to Virginia.

            Commodities have always been losing propositions for me, with four big exceptions. One of those exceptions was the original run-up of gold when Carter legalized it, and the most recent exception is the present run-up of gold and silver. Both times I got my initial investment back out plus a nice profit, then left the rest alone. The third and fourth have been in construction materials (stuff to make concrete) for the Canadian shale oil boom, and now the same for the American fracking oil/gas boom.

    5. You will see where it is headed based on its historical moving average.

      No you won’t. You will see idiots who think that past performance can be used a guarantor of future performance make claims based on that fallacy.

  4. People behave better when there are consequences for their action.

    The cops who murdered Kelly Thomas knew they were on camera and didn’t care. Why? Because they rightly knew that they would face no consequences for their actions.

    1. At some point, someone’s going to take action. Someone with nothing to lose.

      1. That someone will be killed, and nothing else will happen.

        1. Maybe. Or maybe that someone will be smart. Or maybe there will just be too many.

        2. Maybe, maybe not. If they go into the pig pen in broad daylight, and try to have some grand showdown, yeah they’ll die.

          But if someone starts tracking these people down and killing them when they pump gas or nap in their cruisers, well, things might change.

          Probably not for the better though.

          1. Probably not for the better though.


            I’ll admit to having contemplated “paying visits” to some of the cops who have clearly gotten away with murder (or manslaughter), specifically the guys who never went to trial in the first place because “internal investigation found no wrong-doing.”

            But then I think about the death squads in South/Central America. I honestly don’t want to live in a country that has so completely given up on the rule of law that social code (you know, don’t kill people, don’t rape people, don’t steal shit from people) is enforced by vigilantes who execute only one form of punishment.

            It’s pretty fucking sad that cops and courts have brought us to this point, and it is a point I try to make to every cop I know. It always falls on deaf ears.

            But people will eventually push back…

            1. Probably not for the better though.

              I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that can’t wait to get it on with whatever aspect of the gov they hate the most that either don’t realize or care that a general rebellion of that sort may well turn this landmass into a festering third-world shithole.

              There is no way to predict where such violence will end or what it will destroy along the way.

              1. Oh they realize it fine. It’s why they haven’t started anything yet. But at some point, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry start serving as better role models than Milton Friedman.

                “If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

    2. You know trying to develop a general statement on all ‘on camera’ interactions base on a single data point just makes you a twat right?

      I forget the county that started putting on lapel cameras but they saw a massive drop in reports of bad police behaviour.

      1. Were there consequences when the camera wearing cops stepped out of line?

        Because that’s what matters.

        If they wear cameras and still get away with shit, their behavior will not change.


        1. There behaviour did change, idiot. That was the point, idiot.

          If only you were a third as clever as you thought were you and half as tedious as you are your posts might not be cancer.

          1. There behaviour did change

            So there were consequences for their actions. Thanks. That’s all I wanted to know.

  5. There was an article recently about how the cop unions are concerned about invasion of privacy, like when two cops are privately making disparaging comments about their superiors or co-workers; or the taxpayers for whom they actually work.

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  8. More aftershocks. Or are these all foreshocks for the Big One?

      1. The news says there’s been 100 aftershocks since the 5.3 stuck last night at 9 Pacific.

        I’ve only felt two, one an hour ago and one this morning while I was at work.

  9. “LAS VEGAS ? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won hearty applause from major Jewish donors for a Saturday morning speech heavy on appeals for GOP unity and strong support for Israel….

    “”We cannot have a world where our friends are unsure of whether we’ll be with them, and our enemies are unsure of whether we’ll be against them,” Christie said to loud applause from a crowd where distrust of the Obama administration’s support for Israel runs deep. Christie recounted meeting the hawkish Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an RJC favorite, and being “extraordinarily taken by his strength and resolve.””…..05164.html

    1. I strongly support Israel. I strongly support selling them as many weapons and other goods as they wish to buy.

      I don’t support giving them anything for free, because I don’t support giving anyone anything that’s paid for by American taxpayers.

  10. PZ Myers stays classy:

    “The latest ‘scandal’ to appall the anti-choicers is the discovery that aborted babies were incinerated to heat UK hospitals. It’s actually just more sensationalism from the Telegraph….

    “Do the math. I calculate that, on average, that means each of those hospitals incinerated about 24 wads of bloody debris from a specific surgical procedure per month….

    “Also, that wet, gooey scrap of tissue is not going to be a profitable energy source….

    “I’m not in the least disturbed by the fact that patients were not consulted on how their dead fetus was disposed. When you go in for an operation, are you concerned about what is done with the bloody towels afterwards, or how your appendix or tonsils or excised cyst are treated?”…..n-clinics/

    1. This hospital powered by Fetusterine!

    2. Well he’s right. Removed tissues are typically incinerated but never to heat anything only to destroy the tissue. You can’t burn tissue for heat.

  11. Sounds like some pretty serioyus business dude. Wow.

  12. What’s better is for the cameras to be in the hands of civilians. I checked on Amazon and Ebay recently and found you can get your own cameras to mount in your car and record 360-degrees for about $150. A neighbor recently complained about drugs being dealt in the park behind her house. I told her to simply mount some signs on her fence stating that video surveillance was in use, and the drug dealers would find other places to do their business. Civilian monitoring of the areas around them is a great way to deter criminal activity without handing more power to the government. Heck, I got a neighbor to keep his free-range kids in check just by mounting two cameras on my house that I got at Harbor Freight and Tool for $30. I never even had to talk to the neighbor or accuse his kids of getting into my yard, and I think I’ve had the cameras on a total of two times over several years.

    Cops and criminals are on their best behavior when they know there are cameras in use.

    Just a caution, though. Check your local laws regarding video surveillance and comply with them.

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