Emmanuel Macron reviving the idea of wearing cameras-pedestrians by the forces of the order, an initiative born eleven years ago and that continues to be experienced.
This announcement by the president Macron operates in a tense context, protests against the police violence and warnings of the public defender of rights, Jacques Toubon. For the head of State, it is first a question of being able ” to trace the truth of the facts (…), restore trust and confidence between the population and the police “.
The sentence has already been heard, the solution of the cameras-pedestrians already in before. The idea, in fact, there is nothing new, it dates in reality from 2009, when Brice Hortefeux was the minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy. It was subsequently retaken by Manuel Valls, Bernard Cazeneuve and Gérard Collomb. Without that, despite the many experiments, the cameras-pedestrians are actually widespread.
Fiasco in maintaining order
On January 22, 2019, in the midst of a crisis of the yellow vests, and then the controversy over the danger of LBD 40, causing injuries serious among the protesters, was in full swing, Christophe Castaner had passed the word : “I have requested that, to the extent possible, the forces which are equipped with LBD are systematically equipped with cameras-pedestrian “.
A year later, a report of France 2 that brought to light a reality : the CRS with LBD were well equipped with cameras-pedestrian, ” but three-quarters do not turn on “. In fact, the cameras have proved to be inadequate in maintaining order and a fortiori in the case of shooting of LBD, since the objective placed at the level of the torso is occluded by the hands of the police.
The police unions have also denounced of cameras of poor quality, both at the level of the image as the duration of batteries, which take no more than two hours.
If we rely on the quality of the 10400 cameras purchased in China in 2018, for the modest sum of € 2.3 million, it would be necessary that in the full sequence maintaining law and order, the cops turn on and off regularly their camera. Unimaginable.
More effective on patrol
Cameras-pedestrians may be more effective in patrol, they are also widely used by municipal police forces. And this is precisely what is in question here since the announcement of Emmanuel Macron has responded to a question about the controls facies.
The police seem to agree on the subject, to a condition up to the range, as pointed out by this Wednesday morning the general secretary of the union Unit SGP Police on France Info :
Landed of Beauvau by the realignment, Christophe Castaner had handed over the subject on the carpet, several times in the month of June. During his press conference of 8, during his hearing in the Senate fifteen days later, the minister of the Interior called for a strengthening of the cameras-pedestrians during identity checks, but also to win the ” battles of images “.
The nail had also been pressed by Laurent Nuňez at the beginning of June. The secretary of State (which should remain) was then estimated on BFM TV that :
These positions, as well as that of Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, July 14, seem to go in the sense of the remarks of the defender of rights, which has called for a ” better traceability of identity checks “.