Category: Point/Counterpoint

Yes

  • The police will likely be filmed anyway
  • The police will have control of their own unedited video and audio
  • It will be more difficult for antipolice activists and media to create false narratives
  • The police will behave with greater restraint if they know they are being filmed
  • Unfounded Citizen complaints will drop if they know there’s a filmed record of events
  • Video data storage costs have become very reasonable

In the age of cell phones,

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Yes

  • Gun control decreases gun crime
  • Unavailability of guns prevents situations from escalating
  • Dangerous people will have a harder time obtaining weapons
  • Untrained non-professional persons will not be carrying
  • Decreases risks to bystanders
  • Makes police safer

The widespread availability of firearms in this country means that both honest citizens and criminals have ready access to firearms. 

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Yes

  • “Black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.”[1]
  • Minority neighborhoods are “over-policed”
  • Cops profile and have a professional bias against minorities

Statistics show that minorities are subject to more frequent interactions with,

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Yes

  • The death penalty costs less than life in prison
  • It is a deterrent to criminals; crime rates rise in the absence of a death penalty
  • The death penalty should be reserved only for the most heinous crimes
  • It provides closure for the victims’ family members

The death penalty is an appropriate punishment for certain egregious crimes,

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Yes

  • Enormous costs to taxpayers
  • Strain on families and loss of family connections
  • Prone to corruption
  • Glorified by criminals and citizens
  • Does not address the root of criminal behavior

No

  • Removes dangerous criminals from the general population
  • Deters repeat offenders and possible future criminals
  • Effective punishment for crimes;

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