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Within hours of Alton Sterling’s death at the hands of Baton Rouge police, cellphone video of the shooting had been posted and protests begun. But more than a day and a half later, the body camera footage from the incident still hadn’t emerged. Around that time, Louisiana State Rep. Denise Marcelle told local news station WAFB that “she was told by Baton Rouge Police Chief [Carl] Dabadie [that] the body cameras worn by both officers fell off during the incident and do not show the shooting.”
Let’s assume you believe that’s true. (It’s very possible you don’t.) This would be a very big failure for technology that was supposed to help in exactly these scenarios. Apparently both officers were wearing cameras? And both of the cameras fell off? And neither of the cameras recorded any usable footage? Of a police killing that’s roiling the entire nation?
The body cameras used by Baton Rouge police failed to work
It’s no surprise then that when Popular Science published a story saying that the company behind the camera was likely Taser International, based on a January article from a Baton Rouge newspaper, Taser’s PR team went into high gear. About five hours later, Taser had a scoop: “@PopSci is WRONG! Per BRPD: ‘No Taser cameras were, at the time of the shooting, deployed and there are none deployed now.’” The Baton Rouge Police Department had issued a statement …