Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden
When our unarmed son Michael Brown, Jr. was killed by a Ferguson police officer, our lives were forever changed. We are devastated and profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
Many questions remain about what happened leading up to the moment when our son was shot. But had Officer Darren Wilson been wearing a body camera, which are being worn by more and more police departments around the country, there would be no questions.
President Obama recently announced a plan to provide $263 million in federal funding for body cameras and training for local police departments. And if Congress approves this program, it would provide enough money to buy around 50,000 cameras for police officers. We understand that this plan wouldn't equip all police officers, but it is one proposed solution that can help end police brutality in our communities.
We want to work to make a difference and prevent what happened to Michael from happening to others. We're asking Congress to pass the Michael Brown, Jr. Law by approving this plan.
Police departments are already using on-body cameras with amazing success. In the first year after the Rialto Police Department in California adopted the cameras in 2012, the number of complaints filed against officers fell by 88 percent compared with the last year. More importantly, the use of force by officers fell by almost 60 percent.
This is a plan that we believe is a positive step for our country to begin to heal. It's a common sense measure that will save lives, and protect both civilians and police. Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
Let's come together to help move our country forward. Let's make a difference
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U.S. House of Representatives
Police brutality is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s not ‘black’ or ‘white’ issue, it’s a wrong and right issue. With claims of police brutality and excessive force at an all-time high, we must have the capability to monitor the activity of law enforcement. Equipping police officers with body cameras is a common sense measure that will save lives, and protect both civilians and police. It has been shown that the presence of body cameras on police helps reduce claims of excessive force and brutality, lowering the need for costly litigation. We join with Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. in asking that you pass the Michael Brown, Jr. Law to begin equipping law enforcement with body cameras.