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A lot has been happening in the United States related to the public’s relationship to the police, and it hasn’t been a positive one.
With the recent bodcam released showing a Cincinnati police man shooting a man in his car, a dashboard cam that showed the reality behind Sandra Bland’s arrest, and when a friend pulled out their camera at a pool party they showcased a violent police arrest.
All of these instances were helpful information for the police, but also they showcased police violence that was soon released to the public. We could actually SEE what these arrests looked like, instead of just reading about them on the news.
As we live in a culture of smart phones, body cams, and dashboard cams, we need to recognize that we will be exposed to many dark and sensitive material. But maybe this will help us actually address real problems with the police.
I think civilian footage definitely has a place in this, it's certainly shifting public opinion. For a long time it's felt like police brutality has been protected because departments stand by the individuals responsible. They turn around and say witnesses are lying or confused. And often victims don't survive these attacks so they can't advocate for themselves. @alywoah and @drwhat are right, even overwhelming evidence like this is apparently not enough to result in convictions or even terminations a lot of the time, which is really upsetting and demonstrates the depth of this problem. I think that videos like this are helping to change public perception. For people who don't have to live with this reality, sometimes seeing is believing. @buddyesd is right, it's sad we've come to this, but sometimes people have to be forced to look before they're willing to accept that a problem exists.
Agreed, but it doesn’t stand much in court. BUT I think the general public is getting angry and wanted to change it. So we might see some reforms hopefully @drwhat!
I definitely agree with you@drwhat
Cams may provide more evidence, but evidence doesn't do much when the procedure of persecuting when it comes to cop violence and crime fails us.
These cams make it harder for cops to lie, and for us to see what really happened. However, I am still not satisfied. Police have been video taped committing violent crimes. They are indicted, but most often -- they are not convicted. Are these cams policing the police? Not really.
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