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America Wakes Up to Police Violence -- Could This Device Be the Answer?

Last weekend, rioting and protests erupted in the St. Louis, Mo., suburb of Ferguson following the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, by police.

According to one witness, Brown had his back turned to the officer, and his hands in the air, when shot -- then was shot several more times after turning to plead with the officer to "stop shooting." The police officer offered a different account, one in which Brown assaulted him in his police car, attempted to seize the officer's gun, and was shot during this attempt.

Whichever version of the incident turns out to be correct, the addition of one small piece of electronic equipment would have helped to clarify events.

TASER International has publicly predicted that benefits such as these will result in "body-worn video cameras [becoming] standard equipment [for police officers nationwide] within the next 5-10 years."

Source: TASER International .

TASER International CEO Rick Smith has publicly predicted that benefits such as these will result in "body-worn video cameras [becoming] standard equipment [for police officers nationwide] within the next 5-10 years."

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