San Francisco's Police Department plans to equip its officers with cameras, after videos surfaced which shed light on police brutality and violation of citizens' rights, a public defender says.
Several cameras will be tested by the city's police department during arrests that require search warrants or consent, including drug busts. The cameras will likely be a small, hands-free part of the officers' uniforms.
Earlier, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Addachi told Press TV that his office had uncovered videos that show the San Francisco Police Department conducting illegal searches and using violence.
“Certain Police officers here in San Francisco were involved in a pattern of violating rights of suspects of who in some cases were innocent,” Addachi said.
“We have had a number of cases where police have gone into people's apartments without search warrants and that is considered illegal conduct.”
Addachi stressed that each case of the violation of the citizens' constitutional rights by police officers needs to be taken care of seriously.
“At least 100 cases have been dismissed so far and we expect that there will be more cases that will have to be dismissed,” he said.
Addachi said “racism is a problem in law enforcement” and added, “If you are a person of color, particularly African American or a Latino you're more likely to be charged with a crime.”
Most of the people who suffer abuse from the police do not report the case. Those who do file complaints find that police departments tend to be self-protective and that the public tends to side with the police.
In 2010, there were over 2,500 reports of misconduct by US police, reports say.