VOICES: On body cameras and ‘criminal law’

Imagine having a job where everything you did was recorded on a body cam and could be used against you in a court of law.

Your every move is under a microscope. This is what our men and woman in blue have to deal with on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

A teenage girl who was about to stab and possibly kill another girl was apprehended and shot by a police officer who potentially saved the life of the person about to be stabbed.

In years past this officer would be deemed a hero, and for good reason. Today’s “woke society and cancel culture” has him labeled as a murderer and wants him to stand trial for murder and doing his job.

The mainstream media spins the story as the officer is at fault.

The officer was doing his job, trying to save a life, possibly multiple lives, yet the police are made out to be the bad guys. Criminals are now the victims, and the good guys are now the criminals. Welcome to “Woke America!”

The majority of these police shootings are not happening to model citizens, but usually occurring to those committing crimes, about to commit crimes, and those with criminal and/or suspicious pasts and disruptive demeanors.

This is not just happening in the national media. Honolulu now has three officers being charged with murder for apprehending a criminal even though he allegedly rammed a stolen vehicle into their patrol car.

Who would want to be a cop these days?

The liberals would want you to believe in the middle of a bank robbery or holdup the cops should stop and say, “look dude, I know you had a hard life, let’s just talk about this and sing ‘Kumbaya.’”

Locally, on Kaua‘i, our excellent, award-winning Kauai bus service now has cameras watching our every move. There is one camera watching the driver and everyone entering the bus, another camera watching everyone on the bus, and a backup camera for the drivers’ convenience.

Supermarkets, banks, many retailers, and the famous Las Vegas casinos have the eye in the sky watching the cashiers and the customers coming and going. Traffic cams are many.

Now imagine having body cams at your workplace? Would you go to work if you had to wear a body cam and have your every move recorded for possible review and litigation? Imagine if the law required this.

Have our freedoms been compromised with security cams? Should our every move be recorded for future reference?

Many law-enforcement officers are afraid to do their jobs and are taking early retirement. I can’t blame them when we live in a society that is looking hard to cancel our every move.

Now let’s take it one step further. Imagine every human being required at birth to be microchipped with a body cam to record their whole life.

This was somewhat predicted in George Orwell’s “1984,” and there is a reality show called “Big Brother” where over 80 cameras are recording every house guest’s move for three months as they pick each other off. There have also been many movies about this subject.

There are even some who believe the COVID vaccine is implanting a government tracking device in us now.

Next time you see a cop, give them a friendly wave or head nod, and thank them for their service! Better yet, pick up their meal tab the next time you see an officer at the local fast-food establishment, restaurant or doughnut shop. Let them know you appreciate them since so many Americans want to defund the police and make them the criminals while making the true criminals the heroes.

This all explains why they call it the “criminal law system,” because our laws were made for the criminals, not for the outstanding members of society.

The day will come when we need the help of the police and must call 911. I pray they will still be there to help and assist.


James “Kimo” Rosen lives in Kapa‘a with his dog, and blogs as a hobby at dakinetalk.blogspot.com.

  1. Will G July 14, 2021 1:20 am Reply

    Shhh Rosen.
    You can’t be a Supporter of 1/6, and then try to Act like you support the Police. Slither away

  2. Steve-O July 14, 2021 3:47 am Reply

    I agree 100% with this article, being a Police Officer is an extremely demanding and difficult profession but a very rewarding one as well. People that criticize Law Enforcement, should sign up for “Ride Along” to actually see for themselves what occurs on a daily basis. As a retired Cop I know It’s very stressful not knowing what will happen when getting to a reported Domestic Disturbance on Christmas morning or an Assault in progress on New Years eve…. sign up for that ride along to see what “Your” KPD Officers are doing out there to Serve and Protect you and yours while you sleep.

  3. Mark July 14, 2021 3:55 am Reply

    Totally 100% correct my brother.

  4. what?!?! July 14, 2021 5:26 am Reply

    “Imagine having a job where everything you did was recorded on a body cam and could be used against you in a court of law.”

    Why even read the rest of your screed when you lead with insipidities like this. Most citizens aren’t entrusted with the mandate of ‘protect and serve’, that’s why they don’t walk around with body cams. As usual, blinkered ideology leads the way for Rosen.

  5. tom July 14, 2021 5:56 am Reply

    My son is in law enforcement. Five years ago he took down a fleeing criminal who was in the act of shooting at another officer. Back then this was an “open and shut case.” I’m not so sure that it would true today.

    1. I saw a Vampire once July 16, 2021 1:08 pm Reply

      Could the court use this in a circumstantial evidences? In the court.

      Probably not. Questioning people will be dead end. Just decline and lie.

  6. YuCalJoe July 14, 2021 6:30 am Reply

    Well said! “Woke” means “Brain Absent”.

  7. Kauaidoug July 14, 2021 7:32 am Reply

    I never had a job where I carried a gun. The cameras on the busses are there to protect the driver. If we didn’t have cameras George Floyd would have just been another incident.
    I agree, the police should be respected and most have earned that respect but a few bad apples means very bad things for the citizens those bad apples are sworn to protect.

  8. james July 14, 2021 7:53 am Reply

    A jury trial is the backbone of our democracy. 12 average citizens pass judgement on police, multi-national corporations, politicians, judges and all others of any background, no matter how rich and powerful. It is the best system in the world. I trust the jury trial and those citizens who perform one of the most important roles in our democracy. So should you. Police are not above the law. If the evidence shows and a jury determines that they broke the law, they should face consequences just like anyone else. Look at the George Floyd case. Did the jury do the right thing? I think so. Have some faith in our judicial system.

  9. manongindashadow0711 July 14, 2021 4:23 pm Reply

    If it’s a life and death situation as you mentioned above, “girl about to stab another girl.” Yeah for sure the police officer was doing the right thing.
    However, they(Police Officer) should not have shot when there was no evidence or visual of a weapon to cause harmful bodily harm or death.
    If you had a gun and pointed to a person running away from you. Would you shoot the person? I hope not!

  10. I saw a Vampire once July 16, 2021 1:32 pm Reply

    I saw this in the newspapers. Everywhere. I also read Washington post. It’s a good paper. I think they are in over their heads. Finding a witness or evidences using body cams will be a waste once they start going on the 1st amendment right. Just lie and decline. They will not trace anyone back to a body cam.

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