Michael Brown was one of many unarmed African Americans killed in 2014 by police officers. This incident sparked a demand for body cameras to be used by police leading the Obama administration to set aside $75million for police to invest in body cameras. Six years on, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed, the questions surrounding police transparency and accountability have resurfaced.
A study that took place in 2017 analysing the behaviour of cops with cameras and a control group without cameras found that there was little difference in the behaviours of the two groups. It is averred that although there is a push to have more body cameras to avoid excessive police force to promote transparency and accountability, even if transparency is attained, it is fruitless without accountability. There is little resolve if a police officer has been seen on video using excess force, and yet suffers little to no consequences to their actions.