The violence raging through Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown has spurred a petition drive on the White House website for law enforcement to don wearable cameras.
The petition for a “Michael Brown Law” quickly garnered the required 100,000 signatures to receive a White House reply, The Hill reported.
The creator of the petition, Johnlee Coe Jr., told The Hill if police had worn cameras the night of the shooting, the violence and looting that’s plagued the streets of the St. Louis suburb in recent days never would have happened.
“The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct (i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters,” the petition states.
Mr. Coe said he thought of the petition after learning the police department in his Georgia county only requires dashboard cameras.