Police to wear video cameras on sunglasses

It's not quite Google Glass, but police in Laurel, Md., have decided it's time they started filming the public, just like the public films them.

What will they catch? CBS Baltimore Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You think you're so clever whipping out your iPhone to film police when they're giving someone an ill-judged whipping.

Well, the police can fight back, you know -- technologically speaking.

Officers in Laurel, Md., have decided that the way to prove that they are fine, upstanding policemen -- and sections of the populace are not -- is to get into wearable tech.

It's not quite Google Glass, and they won't look quite as manly as Sergey Brin .

However, attaching a little video camera to their shades or, say, their hats will apparently avoid doubt.

As Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin told CBS Baltimore: "It's kind of easy to have a he-said-she-said scenario, but when it's on video, you can't argue the facts."

Perhaps he's never heard the term "lawyer" before. Perhaps he's never watched a slick-haired smoothie persuade a jury that black is white and gray is merely dirty.

There's a certain joy, though, to expect from technology that is more mobile than a dash cam.

There's a certain expectation that these cameras will produce new angles on old facts.

On the other hand, this new police-infused version of Google Street View will surely throw up images of ordinary law-abiding citizens in the throes of intimate or even embarrassing private activity.

What if those images leak online?

Conversely, what if an officer forgets that he's off-duty and leaves the camera rolling? What delights might we expect from the shades-cams then?

 

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