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[–] ChaseWegman 2 points 19 points (+21|-2) ago 

That's a pretty bad system. You've effectively removed the right of any private citizens to access this information. Only those with corporate backing can afford those prices. Maybe the pricing is actually reasonable at other institutions but 36K for a fucking video? Something is wrong with that and the system that has lead up to it.

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[–] myriadic 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't have a problem with charging people for taking up police time, but $120 an hour is absolutely insane. That's, approximately, a $250,440/year salary...for a cop.

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[–] thuvia_1 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

they're not paying someone $120 an hour to do the work, they're charging whoever asks $120 an hour to get the work done. now $250K is a lot, but i've heard of NY cops making $110k+ a year, and not just higher ranking officers, i mean in a uniform driving around in a car cops making that much. admittedly they're working on long island and in westchester, but it's not uncommon.

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[–] bluebaron 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's police payback for telecommunication companies charging thousands of dollars for "legal" phone record requests. ( I would put "illegal" but the government said its ok for them to do it despite it being unconstitutional)

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[–] Iamcheesebread 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This doesn't seem to be a smart course of action, starting a war with a news agency.

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[–] dabork 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Lol what the hell are they going to do about it? Report them? Nobody gives a shit. Hell, half the people in this thread think it's a fantastic idea.

Not to mention, no public news station would ever think of coming out against police officers, that's a good way to lose half your ratings overnight.

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[–] A_Fringe_Element 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

The media's already rabidly against police and pretend that nonwhites can do no wrong.

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[–] Aetrion 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

I don't see anything wrong with that to be honest. If the police is producing footage that has entertainment value then I'd much rather they raise revenue through that then through giving out more traffic tickets.

In fact, if monetizing bodycam footage became a main source of revenue for police departments it would likely generate a significant shift in the tone of policing, because officers wouldn't want to ruin potentially valuable footage by being a dick on it.

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[–] thuvia_1 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

or in the alternative, since polite cops aren't very entertaining, they act like dicks to increase the footage's value. or they act like dicks more often so there's more footage to sell.

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[–] Aetrion 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Why would they wage a PR battle against themselves?

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[–] CowboyXero 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Let me find out the first news agency paid that much for body cam footage featuring me. I'll approach for royalties. Police departments don't create content.

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[–] Gardmeria 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

So? They'll pay it and more to get exclusive access

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[–] 123_456 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Is that a bad thing?

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[–] CoolGeek 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

How else would it be paid for? I'd rather the TV network pay for it than it come out of our pockets. Hell we could even use that money to fund the program.

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