Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Film, Video & Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Jennifer Barker

Second Advisor

Alessandra Raengo

Third Advisor

Jade Petermon


As police brutality cases have become more discussed over the past several years, there have been many debates surrounding the police body camera, but thus far, little research has been done on the body camera’s relation to semiotics and phenomenology. Through an analysis of the body camera’s indexicality and embodiment, this thesis aims to dismantle the argument often proposed by law enforcement that the body camera is a purely observatory, evidential piece of technology. To best identify the complications that the body camera presents, the thesis compares three different instances where body camera footage was released to the public and how each set of footage functions.

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