Incident in Burnsville Police Dept. lobby Courtesy Burnsville Police Department
“A bill introduced in the Minnesota House on Thursday would keep any videos recorded by police body cameras private, alarming those who say it would hinder efforts to hold police accountable,” writes MPR News reporter Tom Scheck.
Sponsors say the cameras are likely to record embarrassing personal information about people dealing with police at extremely traumatic points in their lives.
But others say if the videos are kept secret it defeats the purpose of the cameras, which is to record how officers interact with the public — and serve as a check on police abusing their authority.
A handful of police departments across Minnesota already are using body cameras.
“You could have a half naked housewife that’s been beat up with a bloody face, half naked kids running around,” said state Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center. “You could have a gun collection. That information needs to remain private.”
Today’s Question: Should video from police body cameras be kept private?
A Lyft customer gets into a car in San Francisco, California. The cars are identified by their pink mustaches. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
“It’s true that, in many ways, sharing-economy jobs can offer more autonomy than traditional employer-employee relationships. But there’s a dark side to these work arrangements that gets considerably less press: the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans, who may not even realize what kinds of liabilities they’re taking on,” writes Washington Post reporter Catherine Rampell.
The risks involve everything from income instability (the worker, rather than the firm, has to absorb the brunt of demand shocks or price cuts); to irreversible capital investments (Uber and Lyft have infamously pushed drivers to buy new cars by promising big returns that never materialized); to unforeseen criminal liabilities (what happens if an Airbnb guest turns your home into a brothel?); to fewer protections in the event of catastrophe (no access to programs such as workers’ comp). Sure, sharing-economy “entrepreneurs” can get a lot of upside, but there are a lot of hidden downsides, too.
Today’s Question: Do the downsides of the sharing economy outweigh the benefits?
Bill Hansen, owner of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, portages between Sawbill Lake and Alton Lake Wednesday, May 2nd in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
“The Boundary Waters Canoe Area begins accepting online reservations for the summer season Wednesday,” reports the Associated Press.
The 1.1-million acre Boundary Waters is America’s most visited wilderness area, attracting 250,000 visitors annually.
The Recreation.gov website begins accepting BWCA reservations on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Ely-based outfitter Steve Piragis says the day will be particularly important for groups that want specific entry points or entry days. But he says people who don’t want to plan so far ahead will still have access to hundreds of permits throughout the season, via the website and from outfitters.
Some permits for certain popular entry points were awarded by lottery last week.
Today’s Question: What’s your favorite lake in the BWCA?
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