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Body Cameras Not to Eradicate US Police Racism: Former US Marshal

© REUTERS / Lucy NicholsonMaking policemen wear body-mounted cameras and recording interactions with the public will not change the behavior of a force that is ultimately racist
Making policemen wear body-mounted cameras and recording interactions with the public will not change the behavior of a force that is ultimately racist - Sputnik International
A former US Chief Deputy Marshal stated that the new US government idea about equipping officers with body cameras would not change the racist actions of police.

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NEW YORK, DECEMBER 4 (Sputnik) – Making policemen wear body-mounted cameras and recording interactions with the public will not change the behavior of a force that is ultimately racist, former US Chief Deputy Marshal Matthew Fogg said Thursday.

“Body cams or not, the problem you have to deal with is that the system is so systemically racially biased in its nature. America saw Eric Garner get choked to death on televised video just like we saw Rodney King get viciously beaten on video in our living rooms and still all the police misconduct was later justified,” Fogg said.

Fogg, the author of the forthcoming book about heavy-handed policing in the US, Bigots with Badges, held a speech after Wednesday's grand jury decision to not charge a white policeman who killed African-American Eric Garner with a chokehold earlier this year.

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“As a highly decorated veteran law officer, I knew the system culture would back me up, to include police, prosecutors and judges if my suspects were black but, if they were white, I was more concerned with that same system, challenging my decisions and seeking out wrongdoing on my behalf," Fogg added.

Garner, 43, was a street peddler selling untaxed cigarettes. An overweight asthmatic, Garner died from suffocation after being put in a chokehold by police officer Daniel Pantaleo in July. A cell-phone video of the arrest went viral on the internet.

On Monday, US President Barack Obama asked Congress to allocate $263 million for police body cameras and training. The program would offer a total of $75 million over three years to match state funding for the cameras by 50 percent, helping to pay for more than 50,000 of the devices.

Obama's initiative follows unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury decided not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, a white officer who fatally shot African-American teenager Michael Brown. The decision ignited tensions over the relationship between police and community and calls for greater police accountability.

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