David Harris in the Charlotte Observer on How the Presence of Reality Television Camera Crews Could Influence Dangerous Police Operations

Professor David Harris was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer as part of a report on reality TV crews accompanying police officers.  After a child’s death during a police raid in Detroit in the presence of a TV crew taping the police reality show “The First 48,” cities and police departments have begun to re-examine allowing crews to accompany police officers.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) police department is now  allowing “The First 48″ to tape its officers, but Harris expressed skepticism about the wisdom of the idea, stating that the presence of the camera crew could have subtle but crucial effects on the behavior of the police.  “As long as we know there’s a possibility that (camera crews) could influence police behavior, they should not become standard operating procedure.” 

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