I think the thing that scares me the most about this is that those pictures of the protests look exactly like the peace keepers did in the Catching Fire trailer
It’s important that people see this
I dont even know who this is, but the media pulls shit like this often and it should be publicized.
Im so fucking mad Westbero Baptist Shit or whatever can literally mob around funerals and spew their crazy shit about god and how you’re going to hell but when people go to defend a black teen that was shot with out any reason besides pure blatant racism they’re getting arrested, shot, gassed, beat. Unbelievable this is 2014 not 1950.
I signed a change.org petition asking that this, among other necessary policies be made mandatory by federal law. FUCKING SIGN IT.
well would you look at that…
I think this will happen…many police unions do not want it to happen, but I think it will happen. It will take a lot of time and a lot of fighting, but every moment of that fight is going to be worth it.
Police unions will want more research, I think that’s important, and that research is being done now. While use of force and number of complaints are important statistics, so is overall crime rate (which unions will argue is adversely affected (because officers are thinking about how they’ll look on camera, not how to do their jobs) unless there are overwhelming data to counter that claim).
Also vitally important will be whether these save police departments money (which they probably will, in reduced complaints and simpler court cases.)
And let’s not forget about privacy…if these videos are being uploaded to cloud-based evidence systems (which they probably will be) who is going to have access to them? What do you do with videos that have nothing to do with active cases? How long are videos stored for? How do you protect that data? Who decides when the cameras are on or off (civil rights orgs (and I) will argue that they must be always-on, police officers will say “what about when I’m peeing.”) And, if there’s an off switch, we can assume the off switch will get used at the exact time when we will have wanted it to be on.
As I say, this is coming, and it’s important, and it will be a force that runs counter to a lot of the bullshit police work that’s being done in some places in America…but the areas where it’s most vital will be the ones where it arrives last.
And, unfortunately, the federal government will never be able to make a blanket law because congress can’t even agree if flowers are pretty.
This is going to have to be a battle fought in every city in America individually, don’t let that drain your will. Yes, it would be better if it just happened tomorrow, but it will be worse if we all get lazy and say “it’s not happening the way I want so I don’t care if it happens at all.”
Fuck that…we need do make it happen whatever way we can, even if it takes a long-ass time.
An Old Guy
If you listen closely you can hear me crying about college tours and the future
Following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen on Saturday, and the ensuing media portrayal of his death, Twitter users expressed outrage in the form of a hashtag.
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown protests the depiction of minorities — especially African-Americans — who are often presented as “violent thugs with gang and drug affiliations,” according to The Root. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday after an altercation with the officer in Ferguson, a predominately black suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, police said. Details of the shooting are in dispute, and the St. Louis County Police Department is still investigating the incident.
The anger on Twitter was prompted by a photo used in some news stories about Brown’s death. It shows the 18-year-old with his fingers extended, which some have interpreted as a peace sign, while others considered it a “gang sign.”
In response, many black men and women tweeted side-by-side photos of themselves — one image depicting the user as an upstanding or everyday citizen, and another showing the user as stereotypically thuggish. They included the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.