Campbell Whitten, PC Asks Why a Simple Solution to Police Brutality Is Being Ignored

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In light of a recent trial, a Bakersfield criminal defense firm, Campbell Whitten, PC (, posts a must-read blog, “Why is a Simple Solution to Police Brutality Being Ignored?” addressing the pitfalls of not requiring police to record interaction with suspects.

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Cost should not be used as an excuse for keeping us in the dark ages.

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Due to recent high profile events, including a recent case handled by Campbell Whitten PC, awareness of police brutality has increased. According to the blog, “Why is a Simple Solution to Police Brutality Being Ignored?" there is a simple solution to the problem that is largely being ignored, and often actively resisted in cities across America. Although the most common objection is cost, the blog offers five reasons why the claim that it costs too much is not a valid reason to shy away from this solution. Some of the reasons range from the millions of dollars that counties and states spend every year defending themselves against allegations of police misconduct, to the simple fact that everyone behaves better when they know they are being recorded, thus resulting in fewer crimes and less costs.

The biggest benefit of mandatory recording is not determining what happened after the fact, but preventing incidents from happening in the first place. Research has shown that everyone (the police and the suspects) behaves significantly better when they know they are being recorded, resulting in less resisting, fewer assaults on officers, and fewer reports of police misconduct.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “Use of force by police officers declined 60% in first year since introduction of cameras in Rialto, Calif.” The article went on to say, “The effect of third-party observers on behavior has long been known: Thomas Jefferson once advised that "whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."”

“The point is that today's technology could easily be used to correct some serious problems facing our criminal justice system, and cost should not be used as an excuse for keeping us in the dark ages,” said Attorney Whitten.

Campbell Whitten PC’s attorneys are Clayton Campbell, Jesse Whitten and San Van Eerden. They are located at 1712 19th Street, Suite 101, Bakersfield, CA 93301. For questions concerning the case or more information, please call (661) 735-1038.

About Campbell Whitten PC
Campbell Whitten is also the only law firm in Bakersfield that is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. Their firm is capable of handling all types of criminal defense cases, from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including: DUI, drug crime, domestic violence, weapon crimes, white collar crimes, three-strike cases, expungement, among others.

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