Due to the increased abuse of power by law enforcement, use of SWAT teams or SWAT tactics, as well as continued militarization of local law enforcement, We, the Citizens of Missouri, are petitioning and demanding our legislatures implement the use of cameras on all law enforcement officers including, but not limited to: local police, correctional officers, sheriffs, county deputies, and security guards. We feel that this greater accountability will foster more trust in law enforcement and the courts by the citizens of our state. Studies have shown a reduction in police use of force and formal complaints when officers are required to wear such cameras. Thus there is also a reduction in litigation costs to the taxpayers. One study conducted by Cambridge University in Rialto, CA, showed an 89% reduction in complaints in a single year.
We also feel that such legislation will give meaning to the law and secure our First Amendment Rights which include our right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and to prohibit interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or petition for a governmental redress of grievances. Additionally, we hope to preserve our 2nd and 4th Amendment rights including the prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures, the requirement of warrants for searches, and the requirement of probable cause as determined by a neutral judge. Lastly, such legislation should reduce the incidence of brutality, discrimination and profiling based on ethnicity or nationality, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion. Please sign this petition and show your commitment to a greater America for All of US!