Baltimore Police Commissioner Wants Body Cameras On All City Cops After Recent Punching Video

News — September 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm by


Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts obviously has seen the recent video of a Baltimore Police officer repeatedly punching a citizen. The video shows a city police officer throwing around ten punches.

Batts held a press conference in which he stated “Nothing that I saw on that video is defensible. Nor should it be defensible and, most importantly, it’s unacceptable. I have had sergeants with my organization reviewing this process and it may be a good opportunity for us to look forward down the road at cost factors to bring body cameras on board.”

Batts is now on the record of saying that he wants a camera installed on city police uniforms. This will allow each officer to be monitored while on duty. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has supported Batts in his goal, saying “We want to make it more difficult for this to happen. We want to provide the right training but also provide the right tools for if it happens again.”

The president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, Bob Cherry, disagrees with the new plan. “You put cameras on cops, what’s next? Cameras on doctors? Cameras on teachers?”

Yes, Bob, cameras on all doctors including gynecologists. Solid argument there, pal. I haven’t heard of a lot of doctors punching the bejeezus out of their patients.

The officer who threw the punches had been suspended, and the other officers in the video may face upcoming discipline.

via CBS

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