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The Massena Neighborhood Center recently refused to accept donations from the proceeds of a drag show. A neighborhood center official says it is due to what they believe to be the show’s sexually explicit content. One of the show’s organizers, Massena native Michael Cameron, who performs female impersonation under the name Amber Skyy, says the show is mainly cross-dressed men and women lip-syncing songs with comedy sprinkled in.
Should charitable organizations reject donations based on how the money is raised?
Results will be posted Monday, Dec. 19.
Last week's question:
With the recent high profile cases of alleged police brutality/negligence involving the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, do you feel that St. Lawrence County law enforcement should have to wear body cameras?
53.6% -- No
46.4% -- Yes
Total responses: 513
Total comments: 217
Here are your comments:
Sure to protect the officers. First, Eric Garner was not choked to death he had a heart attack later at the hospital, a person who is being choked so they can't breath can not yell " I can't breath" they can't yell anything. Second Michael Brown was not shot because he didn't raise his hands it was because he reached into the police car attacked the officer and tried to get his gun. I just love how media like to leave out tidbits of information just to keep people on the angry wagon. So the way I see it in the near future the police will turn a blind eye to crime because they are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. And these protesters all they are being is a public disturbance. SLU should be ashamed of the actions of their students and faculty for being a traffic hazard to innocent travelers.
12/15/2014 7:53 AM
The cameras should be operating full time relaying video and voice to a centralized recording operation whenever policemen are on duty. Such recordings should be recorded on multiple hard drives simultaneously and any contentious episodes burned to DVD/BluRay disks and retained for a minimum of one year and longer for legal issues. Citizens should be encouraged to video record any and all police activities while police are performing functions for which they are paid, via taxes collected from citizens.
12/15/2014 7:36 AM
Police lives matter.
12/15/2014 7:20 AM
They have enough gear, don't resist arrest and you’re alright. Black people keep ruining their reputation on their own
12/15/2014 3:11 AM
Dash cams are good enough, small populous, what St. Lawrence county needs, are cameras at school zones/stop signs/everywhere to get these selfish non-respecting people their tickets they deserve for texting/running stop signs/speeding, just send them their bill/picture of offense in the mail. Save money on court costs. I'm sick of these careless, selfish, entitled people. They don't have the right to hurt me or anybody else and that's what they're going to do and something has to be done about it.
12/14/2014 9:20 PM
Yes, to protect the officers against false allegations by the scum they are forced to deal with. This way, we will see why they had to do what they do.
12/14/2014 7:21 PM
There are a ridiculous amount of cops in this county, and at the village and college levels, and border patrol. They are thugs, thinking they are above the law the represent. Yes, camera for them all. Let them know we the people are watching their actions. It's a police state out there. They work for us!
12/14/2014 7:10 PM
If they had done what they were told they would be alive, they think they are above the law, lack of respect
12/14/2014 6:38 PM
More taxes for us.
12/14/2014 6:28 PM
I think that the cameras are an excellent idea for the protection of the law enforcement officers. With video proof, people won't be able to cry victim when their own stupidity and ignorant actions cause them harm.
12/14/2014 6:22 PM
Absolutely not. County has a moral obligation to get their financial house in order before spending on cameras. Administration appears incapable of monitoring the financial budget, Sad state of affairs.
12/14/2014 2:47 PM
I think that money should be used for ignorant folks to take a course in "police community relations for the complete loser".
12/14/2014 1:03 PM
To protect everyone. In some cases, I believe the police do infringe on the constitutional rights or others, and in some cases they are in peril. While I hate the added expense, I do think it might make the actions of both police and citizens more respectful and proper.
12/14/2014 12:25 PM
Since police will be under closer scrutiny, it could possibly prevent people from deliberately antagonizing police in the hope of creating a situation for a lawsuit.
12/14/2014 11:16 AM
I can't think of any reason that our officers should have to wear a camera. Lawmakers yes they should wear ones 24-7.
12/14/2014 10:05 AM
It might let the public see what an officer faces everyday. Do people really understand what the phrase "you’re under arrest means?"
12/14/2014 9:55 AM
Especially border patrol.
12/14/2014 9:19 AM
For the protection of all law enforcement personnel trying to do their jobs, cameras would help.
12/14/2014 8:56 AM
To protect themselves from false statements
12/14/2014 8:53 AM
This would protect them, crooks cry louder. If you are innocent don't worry! Makes the guilty accountable!
12/14/2014 7:51 AM
Mostly for their own protection.
12/14/2014 7:48 AM
Yes, for the officer's own protection.
12/13/2014 11:35 PM
No, both of them died because of their own stupid actions and ignorant decisions. It's time we hold them accountable for their actions and stop blaming the law enforcement for having to deal with ignorant people that could not follow simple directions! If they had complied they would still be alive! Stop blaming the respectable people that are put in bad situations
12/13/2014 9:21 PM
If you don't commit crimes you won't have this problem!
12/13/2014 7:02 PM
There are far too many police in St. Lawrence County...it's like we are an occupied country.
12/13/2014 6:03 PM
I think people, cops and public, need to learn to respect one another. Cameras are not good in general because it will create society that is more distrustful and will result in subterfuge. Cameras won't change how people feel about others, their behaviors will still exist but off camera. We have cameras in stores seemingly to reduce theft but the fact of the matter is one of the greatest sources of theft are employees, supposedly off camera, concealing the theft in many forms. Likewise, intolerance and racism towards others will remain but be practiced off away from view and away from cameras, perhaps leading to even more bad behavior - KKK is hidden behind hoods remember. Cameras won't change people. An analogy given to me by an old friend is that locks were made for honest people, so too cameras are made for people with integrity. Unfortunately, people without integrity and bias towards others happen to work in critical jobs such as policing but not only there but everywhere.
12/13/2014 4:16 PM
Yes! We live in such a highly litigated society, any definitive proof should be embraced as sensible, and beneficial for police and citizens alike.
12/13/2014 12:24 PM
No, but perhaps the criminals should start wearing them.
12/13/2014 12:20 AM
In the Brown case, he robbed a store, assaulted a clerk who attempted to stop him, walked down the middle of a street blocking traffic, closed the distance on a police officer in a vehicle who stopped to address the problem, slammed close the door of the police vehicle to prevent the officer from exiting, leaned into the vehicle, at one point attempted to take the officer's gun, attempted to get his finger in the trigger guard while the weapon was pointed at the officer's leg, the officer regains control of the weapon and fires at least one shot to defend himself from an assailant who is attempting to kill him, the assailant flees, the officer gives chase, the assailant stops, turns, and charges the officer at which point the officer fires additional fatal rounds. Yet somehow, the media and public makes this out to be a case of police brutality. What are you saying NCN, does a police officer not have a right to defend his life against a criminal who attacks and attempts to kill the officer? Who writes this garbage? Yet who do you expect to defend you when an armed robber attempts to break into your house, when someone steals your car, when an armed shooter decides to kill kids at a school? Yet we have at least 5 cases this year alone where black assailants killed white police officers. Somehow, these incidents received zero national attention. What a shame, criminals are held up as the innocent hero and the police officers are the bad guys. There is opportunity in this country; there are lots of examples of hard working black men and women who rose above the effects damaging childhoods to succeed. But, if you choose drugs, crime, don't want to work, and have children you can't support, don't be surprised when your life takes a downward spiral. That folks is called natural consequences. You can't blame anyone else for your bad choices.
12/12/2014 11:00 PM
All police should be required to wear the cameras. However, citizens should obey the lawful orders of the police.
12/12/2014 10:59 PM
There is no more police brutality on one race than another. Most cops do a great job.
12/12/2014 8:13 PM
For their protection and ours.
12/12/2014 7:38 PM
If you don't break the law, you should not have to worry. The two cases they both were breaking the law and they did not do what police said to do. Look at the facts, this includes the media like CNN, they keep it going then you have the White House and others jump into it. This belongs in the city or town that it started. There people out there and media that just want their picture or name to get attention when it come to race.
12/12/2014 5:20 PM
It would not matter what the cameras showed. They had witnesses in Ferguson who testified that Brown was the aggressor and going after the officer, but we still have protests. At least with the camera, the officers would have some standing.
12/12/2014 5:06 PM
More taxpayer dollars wasted when there are not enough already.
12/12/2014 3:28 PM
I think citizens need to stop when they are told and if they are stopped for no reason and questioned because of their skin color, gender, accent, etc. then they need to not fight with the police, they need to seek justice once they are let go. But they need to handle themselves with respect, more than what they might be receiving at that moment. Only by example will things change. I have no respect for the riots that ensued and I have no respect for bullies.
12/12/2014 2:54 PM
Police officers should wear them to protect themselves. There is so much drug use today the people they are dealing with aren't in their right minds. But they sure know how to sue!
12/12/2014 1:50 PM
For their own protection I think it would be wise. I have found any law enforcement personnel I have encountered to be extremely polite and professional. Of course I wasn't trying to get away with something or break the law.
12/12/2014 1:17 PM
No, more emphasis needs to be put on parent being parents so their children don't rob convenience stores and talk back to police officers. More emphasis on obesity and selling cigarettes to minors on the street...again talking back and ignoring police officers. The two of them would be alive today had they not been brought up the way they were. Shame on poor or no parenting. Perhaps parents should wear body cameras to make sure they are doing their job as a parent!
12/12/2014 12:13 PM
That police mentality has penetrated throughout the country, yes even here in the North Country!
12/12/2014 10:51 AM
Yes, It would keep police officers on the up and up if they don't turn them off. But is the cost too prohibitive?
12/12/2014 10:29 AM
First of all, for validation in situations where testimony alone might not be sufficient, i would highly recommend body cameras. Second, our police often put their personal lives on the line in an effort to maintain civil control. Random criminal acts require response, otherwise our lives would be in jeopardy without the assistance of police presence. Why are the criminals allowing their own to get involved in various acts of law breaking? Who is their spokesperson, encouraging them to obey the law. There is nothing I would like better than to be able to walk on a street at any given time and feel completely safe and secure. I believe the police presence helps me with that.
12/12/2014 10:13 AM
St. Lawrence County law enforcement are the best bar none.
12/12/2014 9:35 AM
If people acted normal and didn’t break the law there would be no need to deal with the police. You screw off and break the law there and get violent there is a chance you are going to get hurt or killed...why is it the police officers fault?
12/12/2014 8:36 AM
This whole frenzy is simply a liberal media promoting their agenda. Are there racist people out there? Yes, but there are racist black people as well. All these thugs got what they deserved. World will be safer without em. When will we stop defending the criminals in this country?
12/12/2014 6:53 AM
Lets make all the people who have been arrested wear them.
12/12/2014 6:01 AM
They should wear body bags
12/12/2014 3:55 AM
Waste of money
12/11/2014 10:26 PM
Keeps everybody honest
12/11/2014 7:40 PM
Let the current administration wear body cameras. When they start wearing them then we'll put them on police.
12/11/2014 7:13 PM
With audio to discipline the inappropriate comments
12/11/2014 6:09 PM
I believe our law officers are honest and responsible but there are too many people looking to make a dollar off a bad thing and to many lawyers are forcing us to do things to protect ourselves.
12/11/2014 4:58 PM
Grant money is everywhere. Police in Adams have had them for a while never had a DWI trial since they got the camera. It's a safety net for all concerned.
12/11/2014 4:03 PM
To protect them from the liars out there that do not know how to follow the rules set down for their own safety.
12/11/2014 3:17 PM
Yes to protect the police from all the people that lie about their criminal actions. it is illegal to disobey an officer of the law. Threatening actions deserve use of firearms! If police cannot protect themselves, nobody will be willing to be in law enforcement. These people crying out for their dead children who have threatened police and civilians do not have my sympathy. Teach your children to respect the police. I did! I am white, lived 15 years in Montgomery, Alabama and 7 years in Shreveport, Louisiana. I raised 3 sons there. All were taught to respect the police, to immediately obey orders given by the police, and to follow the laws of the land. Do not steal, rob, get drunk in public, etc. Obey the laws, period. The boys? Alive and well and still controlling their inner beasts! Teach your kids the laws that protect us all from each other. Oh, by the way, my boys are not little angels with halos, they live full lives with plenty of adventure. The baby spent 5 years as a goth, yup bet y'all are just tickled and prejudiced about that fact. Got pulled over by the cops more than a few times too. None arrested/jailed. I did my job as a parent!
12/11/2014 3:06 PM
You’re kidding right? Come on... stop trying to lump all cops into the same categories with any other profession you are going to have good and bad.
12/11/2014 2:25 PM
Police in small towns sometimes feel like they can do anything they want.
12/11/2014 2:18 PM
What happened their respect! Who will pay for these?
12/11/2014 1:02 PM
We don't have the same issues as larger cities do. Where would the funding come from? Is the need arises in the future, then I would say yes.
12/11/2014 12:30 PM
I think it is a darn shame there is so much mistrust in the world but if you look at it for protection for the officers also - then I guess it is ok - oh yeah - where does all the funding come from for it - our economy is rock bottom now.
12/11/2014 10:09 AM
Absolutely, I've been stopped by the NYSP just because they wanted to know who was driving and and where I was going. When I asked them why they stopped me, they said why didn't you know you have a tail light out; upon looking and pointing out there wasn't any such thing. All you get is I can stop anyone I want to for whatever reason I want and who is the judge gonna believe, you or me? This will go a long ways to make a ( honest ) cop out of them
12/11/2014 10:02 AM
We need to protect our officers, The people that riot are the trouble makers that look for an excuse to do damage, loot and steal! Trouble mashers like Al Sharpton should be arrested for inciting a riot. What about the 4 million in back taxes he owes the IRS? He should be in jail! Protesting is ok but looting and setting fire to building is not the right way to make a point!
12/11/2014 9:50 AM
I do think it would be a very good idea.
12/11/2014 9:09 AM
I know many people, myself included, feel paranoid when they see a law enforcement vehicle, not protected. Who of us has not nervously checked our rear view mirrors after passing a state trooper or village patrol, even while doing nothing wrong ourselves?
12/11/2014 8:08 AM
I feel they should, also have them in their cars (front and back). Not only to protect citizens (does not seem like the problem around here) but to help the police to explain their actions and perhaps charges that the criminal can't get out of, and maybe just maybe we can get the criminals off the street, proof, wouldn't be one of these things police word against criminal then criminal gets off free.
12/11/2014 7:55 AM
That would be a waste of money.
12/11/2014 7:55 AM
My family has been attacked by police using excessive force here more than once for asking questions.
12/11/2014 7:50 AM
For their own safety
12/11/2014 7:45 AM
No, unless Obama can fund them by reducing another item in the budget.
12/11/2014 4:12 AM
We don't have money to run the schools. We definitely don't have money for body cameras. I do feel sorry that the cops do get mistreated by college students. SUNY Canton can definitely get crazy. They have shown great levels of restraint. I am sure if these students had done their antics in a large US city, they would have definitely been hurt.
12/11/2014 1:07 AM
The folks that got shot had an attitude problem, not a color problem. Properly respected police do not shoot people. Are we forgetting how threatening those citizens were to the police and citizens close by? Clor is not the issue here.
12/11/2014 12:24 AM
People of any make, model, or color who are threatening to police and do not obey a command from them deserve what they get. this is not a color problem. It is an attitude problem from all Americans. Police given respect do not shoot.
12/11/2014 12:20 AM
For everyone's benefit.
12/10/2014 11:17 PM
12/10/2014 8:40 PM
Not yet - but - be ready. If the people in this north area just realize that the city area is so different. By that to mean the police runs on so much tension and crime is 75% worse.
12/10/2014 8:19 PM
For their own protection.
12/10/2014 7:48 PM
I am on the opposite side of the fence on this subject. While wearing cameras would appease those who want to play Big Brother on law enforcement, the upside is that there would then be concrete evidence to use against those who find it inconvenient to obey the laws of society.
12/10/2014 7:38 PM
I don't think tax money should be wasted on more public surveillance. Here's a better idea; 1 strike- you're fired. No cover-ups, no exceptions. People obviously need more incentive to be good and not corrupt.
12/10/2014 7:15 PM
We live in a small enough community where we can trust the police, we're not in a city
12/10/2014 7:04 PM
There is no police work done look at the drugs in the North Country, speed traps is all we get!
12/10/2014 6:30 PM
but, they need to be sure that the camera is ON.
12/10/2014 5:59 PM
so far the police have done the right thing, both cases they were crooks
12/10/2014 4:53 PM
Comply with law enforcement and deal with the legal stuff in court.
12/10/2014 4:35 PM
If either of those men that died were white…we wouldn't be asking these questions. How about we pull all law enforcement out of these areas that say the police are bad and see what happens. I thank all law enforcement for all they do. This is all pushed by the left wing Dem. So they can keep the minority in their back pocket.
12/10/2014 3:34 PM
Yes. There is no memory like faded ink, or, in this case, a digital recording. Should eliminate the he-said, she-said confusion and nonsense. Thank you.
12/10/2014 3:04 PM
One more item for tax payees have to pay for.
12/10/2014 3:03 PM
I think the people that do not believe in the laws, and you should be able to rob and attack people and protest against the laws of our constitution should be shipped out. A lot of soldiers lost their lives to ensure our way of life
12/10/2014 2:12 PM
I said yes. However, in recent cases around the country, police that were clearly in the wrong were taped and it had no repercussions for them. It is shameful that police need to be monitored to keep them from beating, killing, harassing citizens. It truly is a brave new world.
12/10/2014 2:10 PM
Our police officers are mostly kind and generous people . Cameras would protect them though.
12/10/2014 2:08 PM
Some re-training is in order. Why cant they shoot in leg or arm, why shoot to kill?
12/10/2014 1:51 PM
Our law officer are not vicious killers.
12/10/2014 1:35 PM
Like cameras in schools, it protects all parties that are involved.
12/10/2014 1:16 PM
Why not? Maybe we should all wear cameras so we can show how they tend to interact with us as well.
12/10/2014 1:03 PM
I think it protects the officers as well. Our law enforcement agencies are way above board and serve our county with honor and respect and do not need the cameras. However, it would stop many, many accusations of inappropriate police behavior.
12/10/2014 11:42 AM
They should be anyway As a precaution. You never know!
12/10/2014 11:22 AM
It seems that everybody is an expert when comes to the police and their job. If people don't want to be encountered by the police don't break the law. Let the police do their jobs and put the camera on the people that are always at that end of the spectrum.
12/10/2014 10:51 AM
Absolutely not. Who is going to pay for these body cameras? Yes, just as I thought…the taxpayers of St. Lawrence County. No, this is stupid. There is no reason to burden the taxpayers with this unnecessary expense! Taxes are high enough.
12/10/2014 10:13 AM
They should have more guns.
12/10/2014 10:12 AM
For their sake and ours, yes.
12/10/2014 9:22 AM
Even traffic stops can turn ugly these days.
12/10/2014 9:20 AM
No, but it couldn't hurt.
12/10/2014 8:48 AM
Yes, they all should. I'm a middle-class 60 year white female living in this county, law abiding and level headed. I was treated very badly by a police officer and fear them. The officer was very hyped and ready for confrontation before we even exchanged words. They all need body cameras, every last one of them.
12/10/2014 8:26 AM
Yes cameras should be a part of the uniform in law enforcement. In todays world cameras are located on telephone polls and placed to observe for security and traffic infractions so why not have them administratively located where "confrontation" could prove factual when controversy occurs. Ironically even if a playback film shows actuality it is not always full proof uniquely shown by recent events but it's a start !
12/10/2014 8:24 AM
No you are looking at it all wrong, I think that all thugs should have to wear body cameras to prove their innocence.
12/10/2014 8:18 AM
It helps the police as well as citizens, and could be a crucial part of evidence of what really happened.
12/10/2014 8:17 AM
The authorities may need them to defend themselves.
12/10/2014 8:15 AM
Help police do their job. All the drugs and welfare bums around here. I guess if you have been in trouble with the law you would not like. I for one say thank you for doing a great job.
12/10/2014 7:44 AM
This should not be a result of the deaths of the two men. This should have been implemented a long time ago to protect the officers and reduce the he said she said. Michael Brown deserved what happened to him. He assaulted an officer and robbed a store. If he had not broke the law and had not been running the streets he would still be alive today. I think some low income inter city areas need to focus on a lifestyle change and not blame others for consequences from their actions.
12/10/2014 7:32 AM
Management of video would require more staffing and cost
12/10/2014 7:12 AM
Respect officers and you will never be touched, however, if you need restraining, expect them to do just that and expect the consequences.
12/10/2014 6:49 AM
Instead of hands up don't shoot, how about: pull your pants up don't loot.
12/10/2014 5:56 AM
They should want to for their own protection against lawsuits.
12/10/2014 4:39 AM
I think they should wear them to protect themselves from idiots and liars making things up. If people break the law they should not get this much attention.
12/9/2014 11:36 PM
One cannot perform at their peak when constantly watched and judged by Big Brother/plus the public with their viewpoint and agenda.
12/9/2014 9:40 PM
I have lived in some of these major cities nine out of ten crimes committed are by blacks this is getting old but on the lighter side you can't get rid of all these trouble makers their will be now one left to rob the 7/11s
12/9/2014 8:20 PM
Unnecessary taxpayer expense!!!
12/9/2014 8:15 PM
After living 85 years I have observed many servants of the so-called law not obeying it.
12/9/2014 7:28 PM
Waste of money, They were criminals.
12/9/2014 7:14 PM
Too many police officers are getting condemned for doing their jobs. They have cameras on their patrol cars, use them.
12/9/2014 7:12 PM
For the protection of both the officers and the public
12/9/2014 7:10 PM
A special prosecutor should be named in each case against a law enforcement officer. The DA's office works closely with law enforcement thereby there exists at least the appearance that effective prosecution cannot exist in such cases.
12/9/2014 5:46 PM
For the cops protection, yes. The way that it's going, cops won't even dare to arrest anyone. Realistically, who the heck would want to go into law-enforcement and make a career out of it the way these spineless politicians are rewarding this type of misconduct? What ever happened to personality? You either obey law-enforcement personnel or pay the consequences. When 2016 rolls around, there better be some major changes in the White House or we may as well just give up and let the low-life leeches rule the country.
12/9/2014 4:18 PM
As for Michael Brown’s tragic death has everyone forgotten he was robbing a store before he was shot and was fighting with an officer. In my upbringing if your not guilty then you don’t have any thing to worry about. He was stealing and got caught…thought he could over power the officer and it didn’t turn out so well for him. I'm sorry for his family not bringing him up correctly. It’s not a black/white thing!
12/9/2014 3:29 PM
It's getting out of control. Doesn't matter if you’re black or white, straight or gay. It's all ignorant.
12/9/2014 3:19 PM
The local and state police are by-and-large quite trustworthy. I worry more about malfeasance from the DA's office.
12/9/2014 3:14 PM
I believe the lawless Obama and Holder should wear body cameras with a live feed for "We the People" to monitor this behavior and understand why it is they believe the laws of our nation can be disobeyed without consequence. When we understand we can eliminate these ideologues from our Congress and White House. Under Obama's rule in America you can disobey the law and be honored for doing so. We are a nation of laws not of men! Had either Brown or Garner been white there would be no outrage. We are seeing the decay of morality in this country that has nothing to do with race or racism. It has everything to do with the destruction of the family unit that is being dismantled by our own elected government because "We the People" are not holding these elected officials accountable.
12/9/2014 2:47 PM
The North Country is overrun with police and police agency's they are all trying to prove they are needed thus the definition police state, which New York is! Do we need 4 or 5 different police agency's in a county of welfare and unemployed such a St. Lawrence County send them to the southern border where they are needed or thin them out and lay them off ! They are stumbling over each other and costing the taxpayers millions!
12/9/2014 2:43 PM
Waste of money and the police have the right to protect the public from criminals even with force.
12/9/2014 2:33 PM
If we had officer as dedicated as the staff from Police Academy back in the 80's then we would be fine. Where are Hightower, Tackleberry, Jones and Mahoney when you need them?
12/9/2014 1:12 PM
The cameras should be set up so the officers cannot turn them off and all footage should be uploaded to a public server as it's recorded. They should also have cameras mounted on their guns that work the same way.
12/9/2014 1:09 PM
Protects the officer and the public.
12/9/2014 1:06 PM
They also need to evaluate the situation and not shoot to kill with real bullets.
12/9/2014 12:53 PM
We only hear about these isolated cases. We never hear the hundreds of thousands of stories where our police are truly heroes. It's ridiculous.
12/9/2014 12:31 PM
Yes, I think that law enforcement should all be equipped with body cameras not because it will help criminals, but because it would help to show what police officers are really doing. When some punk attacks an officer and the officer defends him/herself appropriately, and there's a fatality, the persons family and community won't be able to twist the situation and make it out that the officer is a monster.
12/9/2014 11:33 AM
Law enforcement should wear cameras as a protection for the public, but also the police officer. Unfortunately, the public is seeing all police officers as brutal and negligent, but in reality it is just a few. I am disgusted by the fact that there is no culpability placed on the people being arrested. If they did not resist arrest, run, or act threatening, these incidents would rarely happen. Now people are breaking the law all over the country in the name of protests. Encouraging people to leave school and work to protest. Doesn't set very good examples! The police may be wrong in some instances, but the criminals should not out themselves into these situations. No one seems to care about the responsibility of their actions!
12/9/2014 11:20 AM
Just the females!
12/9/2014 11:02 AM
Can we please look at the facts of the 2 cases; Michael Brown was a criminal going after an officer gun, anyone thinking this was police brutality has no credibility. Eric Garner was involved in illegal activity as well, it is unfortunate that he lost his life; however we cannot turn this into racism. Neither was targeted due to color, they were approached due to their own criminal activity. Yes some police use brutal force which should be addressed, but using these 2 cases is in no way going to give creditability to any actions taken. Color should not be a driving force, because there are good and bad people of every color, it is the action that needs to be addressed.
12/9/2014 10:54 AM
It has come to a point that no one trust the other, so to protect those who protect us, so be it!
12/9/2014 10:15 AM
This should be about the two thugs that resisted arrest! they would be alive if they had not assaulted and resisted arrest. The officers were right and just! Body cameras have nothing to do with this.
12/9/2014 9:43 AM
Yes, but not for those reasons. Body cameras can help protect both citizens and police. Protect police when a justified shooting is blown out of proportion by race baiters like Al Sharpton and the media. It can also protect citizens from the bad apples that stomp on our rights just because they can.
12/9/2014 9:42 AM
It only takes a few bad cops, deputies, or troopers to give them all a bad name. I know several that have trouble with the truth and have a do as I say not as I do attitude. None of them are above the law and should live their lives the way all of us are expected to.
12/9/2014 9:39 AM
I fully support police in law enforcement efforts. However, two things still happen in this country: as in Ferguson, where eyewitness accounts varied wildly, a full video of the confrontation could have served to give a clearer picture. This would protect cops. On the other hand, as in the Garner case, if cops know they're being filmed, the bad ones may be more careful.
12/9/2014 9:28 AM
Absolutely not. When are we going to stop trying to view law enforcement people as the bad guy and appreciate the type of people they deal with on a daily basis? They have enough restrictions and second-guessing as it is. Let them do their job please.
12/9/2014 9:18 AM
Michael Brown was a thug, who attacked a police officer after robbing a store. Had I done the same thing to an officer who was black I'd be dead now, and I don't believe there would be any riots to show solidarity for my reckless acts of criminality.
12/9/2014 9:16 AM
Ridiculous to even think that they should.
12/9/2014 9:09 AM
For everyone's sake, light of day attention through cameras all through the arrest and interrogation process is a good idea,
12/9/2014 8:50 AM
If other officers do, what makes St. Lawrence County special? There are always hot-headed officers about.
12/9/2014 8:16 AM
Lets keep the taxes down.
12/9/2014 8:07 AM
Only for their own protection
12/9/2014 7:48 AM
As long as they also record sound(voice).
12/9/2014 7:45 AM
They may want to. If only to protect themselves.
12/9/2014 7:31 AM
They should not have the option of turning them off and disabling them.
12/9/2014 7:21 AM
Cops will be cops
12/9/2014 7:09 AM
If for no other reason than to protect the officers and remove any doubt as to what really happened. Pictures don't lie
12/9/2014 6:35 AM
This could be a mass-purchase discount by ALL police agencies in the county...perhaps utilizing funds seized during drug-arrests. Once every police officer in each agency has a simple camera to capture everything, this could be archived until needed.
12/8/2014 11:15 PM
I feel that the "Crisis" regarding polic brutality is a result of media sensationalizing the events to provoke disdain between races. While they are directing our attention towards each other, what is big business - I mean our government really doing?
12/8/2014 10:37 PM
Neither of these incidents would have happened up here.
12/8/2014 10:35 PM
Not to find fault with them but to protect them from accusations. I know many of the police in the upper part of the county--have worked with them through EMS and ER--I have the upmost respect for them, their work is not always easy and camera would be a tell all-safety net for everyone.
12/8/2014 10:19 PM
we're small potatoes compared to the big cities not that it couldn't happen here just not apt to...also the COST
12/8/2014 9:34 PM
I suppose. I do have some issue with it but I believe it can benefit everyone involved.
12/8/2014 9:04 PM
This is a joke, right?
12/8/2014 8:44 PM
Sure...then all the scum complain about the police will be exposed for who they really are.
12/8/2014 8:39 PM
The problem isn't the police. The problem is the people who insist on breaking the law and think they should get away with it. How dare they to put the blame on the police who are protecting us. Kudos to the police and if you steal, destroy property and run from the police or fight with them, then you can expect to get shot.
12/8/2014 8:29 PM
If we can’t trust police, then who do we trust?
12/8/2014 7:27 PM
Because the wording implies forced wearing of same. However, voluntary compliance for a year or so would show whether it was an effort worth pursuing. You can't just start these things without knowing the cost and how it might impede the officers and what if they are broken/batteries quit, maintenance, etc. etc..
12/8/2014 7:07 PM
Avoid committing crimes and you won't need to worry!
12/8/2014 6:57 PM
Without an unsure option I am going to say yes only because I think it could help protect the police.
12/8/2014 6:49 PM
They should wear them to protect themselves.
12/8/2014 5:38 PM
I do not feel that cameras are the answer. People and police need to learn to interact better.
12/8/2014 5:07 PM
Why didn't the media cover the shooting of unarmed white person by a black officer!
12/8/2014 5:01 PM
No in this county unless crime increases.
12/8/2014 4:44 PM
Guess you can rob a convenience store and it is ok. What is this country coming to!
12/8/2014 4:00 PM
That is a stopgap measure. What needs to happen, not necessarily in St Lawrence County, no real problem here I've seen is that law enforcement agencies, beginning with the command structure, need to rid themselves of the culture of permissible violence against civilians.
12/8/2014 3:20 PM
Thugs need to be beat. Police had every right to beat or kill these boys. The country's screwed. It's time to lock and load.
12/8/2014 3:17 PM
I do not, I think the public should obey the law and direction of law enforcement. Take your case up in court, not on the street. Police should not suffer because of stupid criminals resisting arrest.
12/8/2014 2:31 PM
And the video shall set you free.
12/8/2014 2:25 PM
Absolutely not! Law enforcement officers will be second-guessing themselves in dangerous situations instead of letting their training handle the situation. The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, however unfortunate were the direct result of their own actions. If the law enforcement officers were wearing cameras and took a split second to reconsider their actions then we might be mourning the loss of innocent people.
12/8/2014 2:17 PM
I believe its up to the individual officer but it protects them as well as those being confronted.
12/8/2014 2:02 PM
Only if they want to. These cases in the news are ridiculous. The police are justified in their decisions! Criminals and some left wing so called news channels aren't telling the whole story. We are fortunate to have the police! I respect anyone who puts their lives on the line for the best interest of the community. They are trained well. Criminals will do and say anything to get their way.
12/8/2014 1:28 PM
To protect the police from false accusations.
12/8/2014 1:16 PM
Most of our officers don't deal with people in that manner. If they did, we'd need it.
12/8/2014 1:03 PM
It would protect both police and criminals.
12/8/2014 12:53 PM
Most of the time it would work for the cops, showing that they were defending themselves. but, it would also help weed out the bad applies, police have a hard time policing themselves, just like teachers.
12/8/2014 12:29 PM
Why create a problem in St. Lawrence County that we don't have? Obama & Holder want national control of all our police forces. They are a major part of the problem -- by design!
12/8/2014 11:48 AM
Cops are not above the law any interaction with the taxpaying public should be scrutinized some cops lack the ability to treat people with respect , and don't know when or when NOT to use deadly force . st Lawrence county law enforcement need body cameras , obviously some police officers who pledge to serve and protect are not doing so . st Lawrence county taxpayers dollars would be well spent.
12/8/2014 11:35 AM
Police are not cool.
12/8/2014 11:30 AM
There has been no indication in the North Country of any abuses by either the Sheriff Dept. or State police to indicate that this measure should be implemented. If it were to be implemented, there should be a straight forward discussion about unintended consequences.
12/8/2014 11:19 AM
It would be helpful for all law enforcement to wear body cameras
12/8/2014 11:13 AM
No, the outcry for these cameras is based on lies. If citizens follow officers directions, there would be no need for any altercations, cameras would make it hard for officers to get information on the streets to be able to find suspects in criminal cases as witnesses would not want to be taped.
12/8/2014 10:57 AM
I'm sure the county can find better places to spent their money
12/8/2014 10:55 AM
For their protection.
12/8/2014 10:51 AM
Why would this not be a good idea?
12/8/2014 10:40 AM
It is in everyone's interest. False claims of police mishandling have dropped when worn.
12/8/2014 10:35 AM
No. The media blows these events out of proportion and continues to keep people hyped.
12/8/2014 10:31 AM
Not have to, but a good idea. Having been a cop when I was young, I know the he said, she said was a daily possibility. Could be a good training tool also, to see where things went wrong by looking back, not while it is happening and your heart is racing, and situations take on a life of their own. That said, cops don't usually deal with nice people, and with such lack of respect in our country, stuff is going to happen. A cop is not paid to get beat up, or worse. Are you?
12/8/2014 10:21 AM
Yes it helps prove the officers case as much as it does a victim
12/8/2014 10:10 AM
Outstanding. Yes, cops in this county is as crooked as they come I wouldn't trust 80% of them to tell the truth and obey the laws
12/8/2014 10:05 AM
How long do cops have to determine if a gun pointing at them is a toy or not?
12/8/2014 10:03 AM
For their own protection.
12/8/2014 9:56 AM
Thanks to racism, we are still seeing innocent people being shot by police. Yes, they should wear body cameras!
12/8/2014 9:55 AM
Absolutely! Sadly, racism is still a major problem in this country.
12/8/2014 9:52 AM
Body cameras on officers do not always show fully what is going on. Cameras mounted in the police cars would be a first good step when doing road patrols with voice recording. Then have a review period & possibly expand to a select group of officers.
12/8/2014 9:49 AM
These incidents have been blown way out of proportion by simple-minded folks who think that criminals deserve to be treated with kid gloves. Grow up, accept the consequences of being in a criminal society, and give the poor law enforcement people the respect they deserve.
12/8/2014 9:39 AM
I have witnessed local PD being too rough on intoxicated citizens, because they could. It was not a race issue just a power issue. Their abuse of power has been witnessed many times. It is not the big cities. The local PD needs to be accountable as well. They cannot hide their abusive behavior here.
12/8/2014 9:36 AM
Waste of money here. It's simple; when arrested don't resist. Don't try and take his gun.
12/8/2014 9:33 AM
We support the efforts of all law enforcement. No they should not be breaking the law anymore than anyone else but putting their lives in danger will soon discourage any recruits from entering this field
12/8/2014 9:21 AM
I have very little trust of the law and government today.
12/8/2014 9:17 AM
For the protection of the police.
12/8/2014 9:05 AM
I was a Trooper for over 20 years. A body camera would have backed up my testimony on just how drunk, drugged up, abusive or plain stupid most of the people I arrested were. I don't see a problem with it.
12/8/2014 8:43 AM
This way there is no question of what took place.
12/8/2014 8:42 AM
I know of no cases of police brutality in our region. However, wearing such cameras protects our law enforcement officers against false claims which may begin soon. I'd also like to see all our law enforcement agencies use dash cams for their own protection.
12/8/2014 8:39 AM
I trust the hard working law enforcement officers of our county, city and state.
12/8/2014 8:22 AM
I trust St. Lawrence County law enforcement!
12/8/2014 8:17 AM
No - I trust the police for the most part. In cases like Garner and Brown, if they had complied with the lawful orders, they'd still be alive.
12/8/2014 7:57 AM
There would not be a nationwide uproar about this if these individuals had simply complied with the lawful orders of the police officers involved...it is as simple as that. To those who disagree I say this: put on the uniform and do the job for a period of time...you will see what an officer faces everyday in todays society.
12/8/2014 7:57 AM
Not worth the expense
12/8/2014 7:49 AM
Yes they profile young people and poor people. If you don't think so keep track of you see them pull over.
12/8/2014 7:49 AM