Sarasota police officers will begin wearing body-mounted cameras later this year in an effort to increase police transparency.
That’s a topic of heightened national interest in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
But rather than resist the accountability measure, the Sarasota Police Department is the initiative’s chief proponent.
Trevor Burrus, research fellow for the libertarian Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, calls them “essential.”
“I’m not sure why they aren’t being used more,” Burrus said. “They would eliminate many he said, he said disputes with police by providing a record.”
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Semi-automatic AR-15s are the latest weapon at the disposal of campus police officers in Compton, Calif., where school officials say the need to protect lives trumps critics’ claims of “deeply disturbing” militarization.
Scott Mesa, police chief of the nearby Fontana Unified School District, said 2014-15 will be the second school year campus officers will have access to the rifles. He said he’s aware of two incidents last year during which they came into play, but were never pointed at any suspects. Both involved unfounded reports of a man on a campus with a gun, he said.
“We hope we never have to use them, but it’s one of those tools in place in case we do,” Mesa told FoxNews.com. “It’s in the event of an emergency. It’s a tool of police work.”
Most gun policy scholars contacted by FoxNews.com said they had little problem with the policy, citing notorious school mass shootings in Columbine, Colo., and Newtown, Mass., and the specialized training and artillery needed to respond during such incidents.
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Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.
“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner claims.
When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.
When contacted by the media school officials claimed there was no ban on the words “bless you.” However, students sent WMC Action News 5′s Michael Clark a photo of the teacher’s white board that lists expressions that are banned as part of class rules. Among the censored words are “dump,” “stupid,” “my bad,” “hang out” and “bless you.”
School officials also claimed Kendra was not punished. But Kendra’s pastor saw the slip of paper that ordered her to In School Suspension.
The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.
Some of Turner’s classmates supported her Tuesday by wearing hand made bless you shirts.