Atlanta Company Launches First "Truly American" Camera Systems for All Vehicles
AmeriCam, LLC. of Buford Georgia plans to open its first "Vehicle Video Camera" store on February 1st at 3550 South Bogan Rd. near Mall of Georgia Toyota...
AmeriCam vehicle video cameras are designed more to provide safety and security to individuals in and around their vehicle at all times while keeping an open system archetecture. This allows for much lower consumer pricing while adapting to more advanced peripherals released in the future.
They're also kept covert so as not to attract the attention of those who like to steal such things. Those who wish to let it be known that they're being protected by video security can do so in any number of ways such as stickers posted around their vehicle.
For more information on AmeriCam of Buford, please watch for their website launch at AmeriCams.us.
TRENTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have required towns to outfit newly purchased police vehicles with dashboard cameras.
Dashboard cams? Old hat, now.
Body cams? If you listen to the people shaping the future of law enforcement (and the outfitters who market their ideas), sometime soon, every police officer will be a mobile videographer.
Video cameras that record through the windshields of police cruisers are now commonplace. They are mandatory for many state police departments — including New Jersey, which started using them in the 1990s as part of a federal investigation into racial profiling on the highways. Several local police departments, including Phillipsburg and Mansfield and Washington townships, have outfitted cruisers with dashboard cams, as well. The general consensus is they offer an objective set of eyes and ears, protecting the rights of drivers and defendants as well as shielding police officers from unfounded or exaggerated claims of abuse.
So it came as something of a surprise that Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill last week that would have required video cameras in new or newly outfitted municipal police cruisers. The bill was championed by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, whose drunken-driving arrest was tossed after his lawyer was able to examine the video record of the traffic stop.
“The video doesn’t lie,” Moriarty said in support of his bill, passed by the Assembly and Senate. “It doesn’t forget what is said. It is impartial and may, in fact, help reduce protracted court cases and litigation.”
Several Republican legislators opposed the bill, saying it would be another costly mandate for local governments, even though it called for a $25 surcharge on drunk-driving penalties to help towns pay for the $3,000 to $8,000 cost per camera.
Dashboard cameras provide an essential check on police interaction with the public, in a way that doesn’t erode Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. In a state already generating millions in fines from red light traffic cameras (a Big Brother program that deserves to be vetoed), it shouldn’t be too hard to require in-car recorders and provide the means for towns to obtain them.
In Pennsylvania, where dashboard cams are optional for local police departments, an ongoing legislative debate is focused on the legality of police officers wearing body cams. In 2012, Pittsburgh spent more than $100,000 to outfit police officers with cameras mounted on helmets, caps and lapels, only to discover that it violated state wiretap law. Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states that requires the consent of a party being recorded.
A Senate bill would address that by requiring police officers to inform subjects that they’re being recorded, but there are other concerns that need to be addressed. While a California study found that the use of body cams tended to lower both complaints against police and use of force by officers, any law should address privacy concerns — particularly the power to record when police enter a home or private property, when there is no warrant or suspicion of a crime.
Privacy isn’t defined as the right not to be recorded — in public places, at least, any such expectation has been erased by the advent of security, traffic and other types of cameras, including cellphones. But before we turn every police officer into a videographer, we should have a talk about the rules. And the consequences.