(Charlotte News-Observer) Body cameras have been hailed as a way to hold police and criminals accountable by showing what happened with an unbiased eye.
But even in cases where videos capture an arrest, the facts are still subject to debate.
That’s the issue around the mistaken arrest of Patrick Mumford in Savannah, Georgia. Police officers were looking to arrest Michael Clayton on a warrant on Feb. 1, but they instead confronted Mumford. Both men are African American. The officers are white. And the issue of police violence against black men has intensified in the last three years as Americans have witnessed the deaths of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and most recently Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
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During the arrest, Mumford repeatedly demanded to see the warrant. Officers repeatedly told him to get out of the car he was sitting in. Neither complied with the other, and an officer used a stun gun on Mumford twice before arresting him. The officers said they believed Mumford was reaching for something on the floor of his car.