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Is increased media exposure good or bad for police?

Is increased media exposure good or bad for police?


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Painter

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Depends on what your idea of good is.

If good means helping to put problems in the spotlight, thus empowering police to make positive changes, then sure... its great.

If good means being able to get away with violent acts, improper behavior, and racial stereotyping... then no... definitely not good.
 

Phys251

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Good. It reduces the risk of he-said-she-said situations, in which courts usually take the side of the police.

It also makes cops' work safer, because if there is a legitimate attack caught on camera, then all the evidence will be available.
 

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It's good if the police can work with the media to reach out to the community and promote public safety, youth programs, and the like.

It's bad if it prejudices any internal investigations.
 

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Good. Everyone is a little more on point when they know others are watching. Plus, it'll clear up false accusations. Plus, as a result of that, it'll restore public trust in law enforcement.
 

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Thing is, media has already warped people's sense of reality, now it gives the impression that these racist encounters and abrasive responses are the norm, they're not. They happen too many times, but they're still not some regular occurrence.

It's good because it outs the violent trash that wear badges, but it can also make decent cops jumpy to act just in case they're just a little too abrasive. I want justice too, but I have seen videos where the cops did nothing wrong and idiots on Twitter are calling racism. How can they do their job? You don't have a right to resist arrest, just hush up and comply. You can iron out the details later.

But, you can't beat the advantage of having a raw recording of the situation. Even if it's abused, increased media exposure helps find the truth better than any sort of hearsay or foggy witness statements.
 
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