From the first day they put on their badges and many days thereafter, police officers throughout the United States recite the The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor. Key passages of the oath include a promise to "never betray my badge" and "always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions." Sadly, as many Philadelphia residents know, this oath is betrayed by some police officers on a daily basis.
Regardless of sex, race, age or socio-economic class, as Americans, we all have basic civil rights. Among these rights is the right to be protected from unreasonable and unlawful searches and seizures by the government or governmental agency actors-- including police officers.
They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words and this statement is particularly true when it comes to video recordings of police stops, encounters and arrests. In recent years, we've been reminded numerous times of just how beneficial these recordings can be when it comes to determining cases of alleged police misconduct and brutality.
In the United States, prisoners within the correctional systems are owed certain rights. It doesn't matter if they have admitted to and been convicted of a crime. It doesn't matter if a prisoner pleaded guilty to the most serious of crimes; prisoners are human and residents within this land of the free.