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How police body cameras work

How police body cameras work
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I wrote a tip recently on whether or not you can get arrested for filming an arrest. With cameras in every smartphone and tablet - and with dash cams in more and more cars - filming the police is easy for anyone to do, so it's a question that needs to be addressed.

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People in favor of filming the police claim that it keeps officers from potentially abusing their power. Well, some people think they've found another way to get the same result.

I'm sure you've heard about the Michael Brown incident. If you haven't, the death of a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked a massive public outcry for "Mike Brown's Law," which would require police officers to wear body cameras to document what really happens in a confrontation.

Many police departments support the use of body cameras, and some already have them in use. Of course, there isn't a single standard for equipment or what to do with the video.

Since this is such an important topic, let's take a look at the technology surrounding body cameras and whether or not they'll really work in the field.

And to begin, we need to know what kind of cameras are on the market and how they work.

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