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Tiny video cameras protect cops, suspects (sfgate.com)
70 points by sambeau 736 days ago | 17 comments



I'm partial, because I shot the video, but The Verge did a large feature/report on this back in April that I think explains both sides of this pretty well:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/5/4162478/tasers-axon-flex-co...

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(Thanks for the link it's interesting.)

"because I shot the video"

I've watched about 5 minutes and so far I see where you are interviewed but what part did you shoot the video on?

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Now if only our elected officials had to wear them while on duty with the ability for the public to view after a period of time...

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Good to see we're moving on from arresting people for videotaping cops doing things they shouldn't be doing.

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You remind me the innocent dog who got shot in the face by the police because it's owner were videotaping them.

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Previous HN discussion: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6257896

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I'll toss a link to this article along similar lines.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/14/nyregion/order-that-police...

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It seems like teachers and students could benefit from this as well. Teachers are often accused of being unfair or acting unprofessionally. Parents may not know who to believe when a teacher and a student flatly contradict one another.

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Parents and children too! Also, couples. And football players--the refs can't be trusted. And my boss. We should probably just videotape everything, come to think of it.

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All in good time.

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Where can I purchase one of these cameras?

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Well, there's Google Glass, which is the same basic idea:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass

Here's a more general result about these things:

https://www.google.com/search?q=small+wearabl%3Be+camcorder

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The police models are actually made by Taser.

http://www.taser.com/products/on-officer-video/axon-flex-on-...

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I've contacted them, they are supposed to give me a call back. Wonder if they will sell them to a consumer.

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This is rather silly isn't it ? I hardly think you can enforce good culture with negative operant conditioning.

Why is it that Microsoft's silly ranking system is much criticized, while this is one is being applauded ?

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Emmmm... negative operant conditioning? There's no stimulus that's being removed depending on officer's behavior. In fact, I wouldn't call it operant conditioning at all - there's no new punishment or reward here, just increased certainty that both officers' and suspects' actions will be known and provable to third parties.

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He was probably trying to comment over here, on this other article, about Microsoft's Stack Ranking program:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6266863

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