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Police 'should wear video cameras'
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09:13, January 16, 2009

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Police should wear shoulder-mounted video cameras during the 2010 World Expo to ensure the public's safety, a local legislator has said.

Bo Haibo, a lawyer and deputy to the ongoing session of the Shanghai municipal people's congress, said footage of officers issuing tickets or handling incidents, for example, could be used as evidence in the event of later disputes.

"The footage could be used as evidence in court or to help establish the facts if a person disputes the actions of a police officer," he said.

Bo said there has been an increasing number of litigations filed against government departments in recent years.

"The police are among the most often sued," he said.

"If disputes are not settled promptly, they could lead to doubts over law enforcement or even social instability. Video footage would show what really happened," he said.

"Wearing the cameras would also make police officers more aware of their need to be disciplined."

Police officers in Shanghai already wear audio tape recorders, and prosecutors and courts record the questioning of suspects and court hearings.

"The cameras will also help to deter criminals and make people feel safer," Bo said.

Source: China Daily

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