Body cams for Boulder police officers, and more


By Max R. Weller

Read the Daily Camera editorial — Cameras for cops: Body cameras for Boulder police officers a good idea. Quoting from it below:

This week, the Boulder City Council gave the initial OK to “body cams,” or wearable cameras for police officers in the city.

The 150 cameras would cost an estimated $57,000 with another $30,000 for ongoing expenditures, such as repairs and data storage.

The cameras are a good idea. In situations from the shooting of unarmed suspects to the “stop and frisk” scenarios nationwide, cameras could deter unjust behavior, or clarify what actually happened for the suspicious public.

The Rialto, Calif. police officers wear cameras around their community of about 100,000 residents. A study by criminologists on the program found an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, and a 60 percent decline in force used by the officers. It stands to reason that both sides of a confrontation might be more reluctant to escalate a tense situation if they know they’re on camera.

My online comment is copied here:

I hope that Boulder PD will routinely post, somewhere on their website, videotaped interactions with the worst-behaved transients they encounter on a daily basis in our fair city.

It would be a stunning refutation of the do-gooders’ overblown claims that the homeless are being abused by the cops; people might even rethink their support for the nonprofits which in turn support the sociopaths.

Body cams are a GREAT idea!

Also consider this guest opinion in the DCBoulder tax proposal is troubling.

I’m enjoying a rare treat, fresh-brewed dark roast coffee, at my lair in Longmont, CO. The peace and quiet is also welcome and makes for a great morning experience:

Not to be found at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. It would be a mismatched accompaniment to the stale pastries served there, anyway.

Conversation between “Sally” and me in my shady spot in the 4900 block of N. Broadway this past Monday:

“Max, what is wrong with these youngsters who want to be on the streets? The couples are constantly yelling and fighting with each other!”

“Well, I think that homeless romance is a form of mental illness.”

“(Laughing) . . . I agree. And by the time you get to be in your 50s [like us], you should know better.”

Thank goodness we do know better. I hope . . .

Time to play some online chess, then revisit Capt. Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin:

Image from Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

That’s all for now.

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