TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than two-thirds of Florida voters support the idea of placing body cameras on police officers to record their interaction with the public, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Minorities favor the idea by a much greater percentage than white respondents, according to the Mason/Dixon poll conducted for Sachs Media Group, a Tallahassee-based public relations firm.
Overall, 68 percent of registered voters support the idea of police body cameras, devices that can be mounted on uniform lapels that capture video much like dashboard cameras do. The poll shows 82 percent of non-white respondents favor the idea while 62 percent of white respondents approve.
“Floridians believe the truth may be best served by having photographic evidence about police/public interaction, so that if and when there are disputes over what happened, the pictures may tell the story best,” said Ron Sachs, president of the firm.
The issue increasingly has been debated since the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old last month in Ferguson, Missouri. A growing number of departments across the country are using body cameras in addition to or instead of dashboard cameras.
The poll of 625 likely voters was has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.