BODY-WORN CAMERAS: A LITMUS TEST FOR THE DEMOCRATIC HABITUS OF POLICING

Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old African-American, was fatally shot by police officer, Roy Oliver, in Balch Springs, Texas on 29 April, 2017. The officer’s initial statement was found not consistent with the video that recorded the event. Roy Oliver was found guilty of murder thanks to the camera he wore on the day. Foucault, rightly, criticised the rise of control by the state through technology and complex systems to repress the dissent and consolidate its power. Yet one still wonders what Foucault would think about the role of body-worn-cameras (BWC hereafter) after reading the dramatic story of Jordan Edwards. However, the number of good news-stories in which justice is done is fewer than t