Letter: Body cameras should be utilized, even in schools

Posted 11/23/22

To the editor:

In response to a letter authored by representatives from nearly 10 organizations in the Nov. 10 Phoenix, “Body-worn cameras don’t belong in schools,” I say — …

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Letter: Body cameras should be utilized, even in schools

Posted

To the editor:

In response to a letter authored by representatives from nearly 10 organizations in the Nov. 10 Phoenix, “Body-worn cameras don’t belong in schools,” I say — neither do guns, but tell that to the students who have been murdered and may have been saved.

I have to question what criteria does the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education and the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island go by to make such misguided assessments of safety in our schools and communities? Their concern that, “We fear the introduction of BWCs (body-worn cameras) will only amplify this presence, and could have harmful residual effects on student privacy and other rights,” how about their concern for the escalating body count? I would certainly prefer a student returning home safely each day to one whose picture is being taken by a law enforcement officer.

I certainly urge the Bristol Warren school district to make the intelligent decision to outfit our school resource officers with whatever resources necessary to protect our children.

Perhaps more cameras and less guns is the real solution.

Paul J. Salesi

249 Hope St.

Bristol

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