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Cop camera benefits unproven [Letter]

I am a bit late with this comment about The Sun's coverage of police brutality ("Baltimore officials offer plan to curb police brutality," Oct. 7) but I just came across a recently published study on the efficacy of police officer body cameras. It is aptly entitled, "Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing The Evidence" by Michael White of Arizona State University and was funded by contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice to the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and partners the Institute for Intergovernmental Research and Center for Naval Analyses.

Billy Murphy has always had a flamboyant style as I remember from his days defending clients in the old Western District court room, but he and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young need to read this study. It does not agree with Mr. Murphy's quote about body cameras being "the most effective tool we have to reduce police brutality." Why? Because there is no empirical data to corroborate such a grandiose claim, as the study shows.

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The jury is still out on this one, and it might be a hung one. His allegation, in internal investigation speak, is "not sustained."

Jim Giza, Baltimore

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