Petition Calls for Law Requiring All Police Officers to Wear Camera

By Melanie Arter | August 15, 2014 | 3:54 PM EDT

Protestor Boss Bastain of St. Louis locks arms with others as they confront Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in front of the Ferguson police station on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)

( – In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man by Ferguson, Mo., police, a petition has been started on the White House website requiring that all police officers wear a camera.

The petition calls on the Obama administration to create the “Mike Brown Law” – in memory of the 18-year-old black man who was killed over the weekend – that “requires all state, county, and local police to wear a camera.”

“Due to the latest accounts of deadly encounters with police, We the People, petition for the Mike Brown law. Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state, county, and local police to wear a camera,” the petition said.

“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. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions,” the petition said.

The petition was started on Wednesday by someone named J.C. in Hephzibah, Ga. As of Friday, there were 36,415 total signatures on the petition. An additional 63,585 signatures are needed by Sept. 12, 2014 to reach a goal of 100,000 signatures.

Some police departments have already begun using such technology, according to an April 6, 2013 New York Times report.

The American Civil Liberties Union is in favor of such a policy.

The Times quoted Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU, as saying, “We don’t like the networks of police-run video cameras that are being set up in an increasing number of cities. We don’t think the government should be watching over the population en masse.”

But, “when it comes to the citizenry watching the government, we like that,” Stanley said.