ACLU to Babysit Police

Monday, January 02, 2006

How nice of the ACLU to insult St. Louis police officers with this stunt:

St. Louis police officers often say they feel as if people are looking over their shoulders.

That feeling isn't likely to let up this year.

The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a frequent critic of the city police, says it plans to arm residents of the city's north side with video cameras to record officers' dealings with the public.
According to this article the ACLU believes police officers are unfairly "targeting" blacks. But is racial profiling so extreme in St. Louis that harassing police officers who already have one of the most stressful and thankless jobs in the country is necessary?

Moreover, how is a video camera going to curb profiling? Once an officer pulls you over it's done, and I would assume he would be less accommodating to those motorists who put a camera in their face.