In the age of technology where nearly everyone has a video camera on their cell phones, everyone's under surveillance, including officers of the law.
"Any time you have a 'use-of-force' incident that's caught on camera, it will look shocking," said Chief Mike O'Brien of the Chico Police Department.
After two Chico Police officers shot and killed an armed Chico man perceived as a threat to officers and bystanders, members of the public are calling for answers.
But there's no video record of exactly what happened.
There is, however, a growing trend towards patrol officers wearing their own body - cameras while on duty.
"The benefit is letting the public know that, 'Hey, this is really justified, everything was done according to training ... It reinforces that," said Tim Truby, a surveillance equipment pro who is also retired from the Chico Police Department.
There is some concern that the costly cameras are less to actually help officers and more to appease the public.
"People saying ... 'Oh, you're not wearing cameras? You're trying to hide something.' I think that's part of the mix too, and that's unfair," said Truby.
But the Chico Police Department has 60 body-cameras that they're just about a month away from implementing.
The body-cams the department has purchased are lightweight and they clip right onto the front of an officer's uniform.
Once the last glitches are worked out, all patrol officers in Chico will record their activities while on duty.
"If they can capture something that's illegal? There's no doubt there's value in the body worn camera system." said O'Brien.
But there is always the human element to factor in, and Truby say these body-cams could actually have a negative impact on an officer's ability to uphold the law.
"A camera changes what you do. That doesn't mean an officer is going to be honest now when they were dishonest, it means it's going to cause a delay sometimes in judgement," said Truby.
But Chief O'Brien says having these body cams can actually protect officers, especially in a day and age where nearly everyone has a camera.
"I want as much information as I can that shows as much info ... Not only for us, and me as Chief, but also for the public in general is to have the whole story, not just a piece of that story."More