A White House petition that would create a “Mike Brown Law” requiring police officers to wear cameras has earned over 100,000 signatures in just one week.
The petition, with 131,897 signatures at the time of publication Wednesday, asks the following of the White House:
Create a bill, sign into law, and set aside funds to require all state,county, and local police, to wear a camera.The law shall be made in an effort to not only detour police misconduct(i.e. brutality, profiling, abuse of power), but to ensure that all police are following procedure, and to remove all question, from normally questionable police encounters. As well, as help to hold all parties within a police investigation, accountable for their actions.
Even though the petition has crossed the 100,000 signature threshold that usually prompts a response from the White House, no response has yet been posted. On the petition site, the White House says that it may not respond to petitions involving law enforcement to “avoid exercising improper influence.”
Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. Wilson has not yet been charged in the incident, and the killing set off a wave of violence and clashes between protesters and police. President Barack Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder to visit Ferguson on Wednesday and the Justice Department is conducting its own review of the shooting.