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Donald Trump said that all police officers need body cameras


Donald Trump said that all police officers need body cameras

WATCH  | Donald Trump, in his vow to be the "law and order candidate," wants to support police officers across the nation by providing with them body cameras and giving them tougher policing tools. It's one policy issue he and Hillary Clinton both agree on.

Body cams 'very important function'

"We have to take care of our police, and body cams really do have a very, very important function," he said when asked if he would support federal funding of body cameras.The government already gives grants to help local police departments launch or expand body cam programs. The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that it is giving more than 100 police agencies $20 million for the technology.

Every Police Department Needs One

In a keynote speech at Columbia University, in April, 2015 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, responded to the spate of tragic police officer involved shootings by saying police departments across the nation should have body cameras for their officers.

"We should make sure every police department in the country has body cameras to record interaction between officers on patrol and suspects," she said.

We have to respect our police. They've done an incredible job .
Donald Trump

Transparency and accountability

While Trump didn't detail how he'd increase federal funding, he said the technology can bring greater transparency and accountability in policing.

"You see what's happening, I think it's good for both sides of a very complicated issue, a very tough issue," he told Circa at a rally in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday.

Change in police behavior

The adoption of body cameras is seen by many as a solution to growing mistrust of officers in some communities. However, some experts say that video can at times be misleading.

A 2014 <b>Arizona State University study</b> found little change in the public's perception of Phoenix police officers after its department started using body cameras, although research concluded it did change cop behavior.

The Republican nominee also said stop-and-frisk policing is necessary in high crime communities like Chicago.  

'Criminal profiling'

The controversial stop-and-frisk policy -- where police can stop to question anyone on the street, and pat them down to look for weapons -- would save thousands of lives, Trump said.

Despite a 2013 court ruling that found stop-and-frisk to be unconstitutional, Trump insisted that the tactic is not racial profiling.

"It's criminal profiling," he said. "And if you did some of that in Chicago, as an example -- where we had 3,000 shootings, 3,000 people were shot -- and if you can stop-and-frisk, that would be so great for the community."

Jenny Rouse, a resident of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Her husband lost his job in June and now their home is in foreclosure. She's a Trump supporter. (Photo, Matthew Bernstein)

Waukesha County resident Jenny Rouse, (pictured here) told Circa she sees Trump as a candidate who will bring stability and solutions for a flagging economy. Her husband lost his job in June and now their home is in foreclosure. 

'More intense, maybe less intense'

Trump said he's looking forward to the next meetup with Clinton, scheduled for October 9. It will be a town hall-style debate, where candidates have agreed to take questions for the first time from the internet. 

"It might be more of the same but maybe it will be more intense, maybe less intense, I just don't know," Trump said.

"I have great love for this country, that's why I'm doing this. And we will respond accordingly, depending on what Hillary Clinton does." 

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