|Posted by [email protected] on July 2, 2014 at 5:50 PM||comments (1)|
Police accountability advocates in Portland, Oregon comment (here) on the value of filming the police, claiming it's a public duty. They observe "allies are networking to produce evidence." Filmmakers, editors and social media hosts are uniting to produce ever more sophisticated video content.
The idea of a community-controlled 'video drop box' has promise. We believe you can do your part, in filming cops and then sharing video files on social media. (See Get Involved.) We also know there is a designed disconnect between what CopBlockers document ... and any police discipline, or changes in city policy or police training.
We must close this gap.
Not only does the public need to know what is going on, authorities must take responsibility.
It seems feasible that defense attorneys might foot the bill for this: a depository for case evidence would make it easier for them to make money in collecting civil damages from juries ... pretty much the only recourse The People still exercise.
Though state surveillance sytems likely make it impossible, we'd like it designed so that folks could deposit digital files anonymously. A site could issue depositers a confirmation code when it posts the video. CopBlockers who see that number has drawn the interest of an attorney could then make the decision as to whether to testify at trial or offer a deposition.