...a federal judge ordered the New York City Police Department to have some of its officers wear miniature video cameras to help sort out whether police there have engaged in racial profiling in the city’s crime-suppression effort known as stop-and-frisk.
Judge Shira Scheindlin cited a study conducted in Rialto, Calif., that found that use of body-worn cameras significantly reduced problems for police officers in that city, according to the New York Times.
The two-year study by the Rialto Police Department, released in March, showed that complaints against officers dropped 87 percent and officers’ use of force declined 59 percent after the department in 2012 began using Taser’s Axon cameras.
“It improves behavior on both sides of the badge,” Taser spokesman Steve Tuttle said. “This is only going to be beneficial.”