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Cameras are the new guns

2010-06-03 18:05:21.458273+00 by meuon 5 comments



When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop.


As journalist Radley Balko declares, "State legislatures should consider passing laws explicitly making it legal to record on-duty law enforcement officials."

A better than average story for Gizmodo.. and quotes: the Agitator whose has some more on this meme.

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-06-04 17:11:26.207304+00 by: andylyke [edit history]

Does this mean that the citizen also has the right not to be video-recorded and that the Fox Network's lame-assed "Cops" shows will go off the air? Think of the upside. Without "Cops" "Most Wanted" and The Simpsons and Futurama and I forget what all else, there'd be less to support Faux News Channel, and maybe that very destructive empire would begin to crumble.

And beyond that, my objection to "cops" and "Most Wanted" is that the presentation glorifies police brutality and the dominance model under which we've built the largest proportional incarcerated population in the world

#Comment Re: made: 2010-06-06 03:44:37.812588+00 by: ebradway

Andy: You can scratch one of the list. Futurama hasn't been on Fox since 2003 when the canned it. It has been on Cartoon Network and is about to have new episodes on Comedy Central. And I think The Simpsons is about to die. The writers seem to have developed consciences. They keep working "morals" into the plot.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-06-06 16:24:20.398466+00 by: JT [edit history]

The way I look at it... and take this as a current soldier and former policeman...

A man is not measured by the way he acts when he thinks someone is watching, a man is measured by how he acts when he thinks no one is watching.

If you have some integrity and act the way you're supposed to, you have nothing to fear. Feel free to record me at any time and show my Wife, my Sergeant, or the media. If I'm screwing up, it's my own damn fault.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-06-06 19:07:13.521644+00 by: andylyke

JT, you summed it up for me. I'm afraid of police who wear ski masks or object to having their actions recorded.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-06-07 18:47:00.223504+00 by: meuon

I was wondering which way JT would end up on that one, and he went the way I thought he would.. Thank You JT, I wish there were more like you in the world.

I've noted that on a few of the "stops" that have been recorded and the police picked on, that the people involved are also being pricks to the police. they reap what they sow.