In the wake of fatal police shootings in Ferguson, Mo., North Charleston, S.C., and elsewhere, there is a rush to slap body cameras on every police officer in the country. Law enforcement watchdogs, activists and politicians in several cities are leading the charge. They note the proliferation of cell phone video of incidents that directly contradicted the officers’ version of some events. And many officers are in favor, believing that, in the vast majority of cases, the footage would prove they acted appropriately.
Whether it’s a New York police officer’s xenophobic rant at an Uber driver, a police cruiser running over a suicidal gunman, a pizza delivery guy being berated by a car dealer’s office employees or an ESPN reporter berating a tow company clerk, these days, it’s all being caught on someone’s cellphone.
These and other incidents all point to the new reality of our modern world — namely, all the world’s a stage, and someone, somewhere, is going to put a video of what you’re doing out there on the Internet for the world to see. That unauthorized video, and the online reputation of your dealership it reinforces, will be there until the end of time.
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