Poll: 92% of Tennesseans support requiring police to use body cameras

NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) – A recent Tennessee Coalition for Open Government/icitizen poll revealed nine out of 10 Tennesseans are in favor of requiring police to use body cameras while on duty. Not only that, 92% of the people polled also support the public having access to body camera video when they record use of force incidents that result in injury or death.

“The results show that citizens understand the importance of public oversight of law enforcement agencies in these most serious situations when a citizen is killed or seriously injured,” TCOG Executive Director Deborah Fisher said. “It also shows that while some citizens think there may at times be legitimate reasons to withhold the video during an investigation, they don’t think police should be allowed to make that decision on their own. The clear presumption is for access and openness.”

The poll, which questioned 531 registered voters online, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%. TCOG is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that “researches, advocates and educates” about transparency in government.

Although the poll shows the public supports body cameras, the largest police departments in our area have been slow to implement the technology.

As we previously reported, Erwin Police Department uses body cameras. A handful of area sheriff’s departments use them too.

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