I do agree with the camera thing as well. It has its good and its bad. Just like you said you could only see the top half of the cop and the suspect. God forbid if there hadnt been a second patrol car there to catch the whole thing. Who knows what would have happend.
Now on the issue of the cops being afraid of doing there job for fear of loosing it. Man I hate that. I hate when you have your hand tied by things like this. Just for fear of getting a complaint and then being ivestigated just for doing you job.
We had a similar thing in Iraq when I was dealing with detainees. When we fist got there it was be firm but fair. dont take any crap off of them but dont go to far. Well, we did our job. We had alot of nonlethal stuff at our disposal like OC and Tazers,nonlethal shot gun rounds and a really bad ass paintball gun that shot inpact rounds and rounds filled with OC.(pepper spray for you folks who dont know what OC is.) Whe had certain rules of engagement to fallow. And we followed them. Until two of our guys had to go in and restain an unruly detainee. Well, the detainee wouldnt comply with any comands.(now the detainee spoke english better than I do so he did understand) So our guys went in and the detainee took a swing at one of our guards. Well, the guard sidesteped it and took him down. The detainee got out of it and went to kick the other guard and that guy tazed the shit out of him. The whole five seconds. To make a long story short they got him under controle and handcuffed. The detainee then filed a complaint against the two guards and they where under investigation by the CID. Thats what the Army uses like FBI. The detainee said we beat him tazed him 5 times.( we only did it 2 times.) And that when we had him on the ground we stood his head and stomped him in the back. When all we did was kneel down beside him and put our knee on his neck and one on the back of his leg like we are trained to do.
But, after that. None of use would carry anything in to protect our selves. We would just have a guy stand at the gate with a shot gun. And the Towers with there M-4's. We were so afraid of being caught up in something like what happened at Abu Gharab that we couldnt do our jobs effectively. And the detainees knew this so they took advantage of it every chance they got.
After that the whole place went to shit because everyone was afraid of doing there job in fear of being court marshaled and kicked out and put in jail.
The two guards where cleared but had to stay an extra 2M in Iraq for the investigation. That was another reason nobody would do anything. I know I wasnt gonna stay and extra 2M for some bullshit like that.
Its sad when cops cant do there job for fear of being under investigation.
I myself was under investigation for firing on a detainee with nonlethal. When I fired in accordance with the ROE. After that I didnt give 2 shits what thouse guys did as long as they didnt try to hurt our kill one of my guys. Luckily My investigation was at the start of my deployment. So I didnt have to stay longer.