Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Gladys Shollei, has proposed that police officers should wear body cameras in an attempt to fight corruption.
Police body cameras (also called body-worn cameras) are small cameras worn on a law enforcement officer’s chest or head to record interactions between the officer and the public.
Police body cameras are in use around the world in countries like Australia, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and even South Africa.
On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Brown was accompanied by his 22-year-old male friend, Dorian Johnson, who later stated that Brown had robbed a convenience store before the shooting occurred.
Witnesses to the shooting claimed Brown had his hands up in surrender or said "don't shoot", so protesters later used the slogan "Hands up, don't shoot"
A subsequent FBI investigation said that there was no evidence that Brown had done so.
Protests, both peaceful and violent, continued for more than a week in Ferguson
After the police shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama requested $263 million to fund body camera programs and police training on Dec. 1, 2014.
Speaking on television during a discussion on the war on graft by the judiciary, the lawmaker claimed that police officers receive a lot of bribes even from remandees who are seeking a court hearing.
"Police officers bring remandees to the court from time to time and sometimes you find that they don't bring them on time and the cases cannot proceed so you find remandees having to bribe police officers so that they can be taken to court."
Gladys Shollei argued that the use of body cameras will help monitor police officers during their interactions with the public.
The country's people are in full support of this proposition, while others expressed their fury regarding the police department's conduct.
Here are some of the comments below:
shaqtheyungin Yes, please!!
tileh_pacbroWe all (including the government) know what the police do, ITS CONSEQUENCES!! It's what happens after we know what they do! We can record the videos ourselves, but they don't care or fear because there are no REPERCUSSIONS whatsoever 😒