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  •  The moment I saw the King video (0+ / 0-)

    I thought, "police brutality will end with the advent of video cameras."  And now everyone has cell phone cameras capable of recording extended video.  So, that day is upon us.

    The public must be assured, however, that their cameras are their property and can't be seized by the police without a court order.  (Cops will try to confiscate them to minimize evidence against themselves.)

    Anything that happens in public has no expectation of privacy.  That, most assuredly, includes police behavior.

    "He thinks Roe v. Wade is about two guys in a canoe." P. Diller

    by john07801 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 08:41:09 PM PDT

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    •  Videos may have raised the level of outrage (0+ / 0-)

      about beatings (but also inured people to them), but it seems like the police really don't give a FF.  They never get convicted, so whether they beat someone in full view of the nation seems to be irrelevant to them.

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        A cop was fired just yesterday for his behavior as caught on his dash cam.  

        And how about Oscar Grant?  One was prosecuted, several investigated and one fired.

        Cops are aware of the changed circumstances because they demand cell phones from spectators as "evidence" of the crime for which they've beaten the suspect.

        In the end, it's not the evidence of any police brutality that's important, it's every cops' knowledge that it may be his face on the video.

        It's a game-changer.  It may not be perfect, but it has the cops' attention...and their employers' liability carriers, too.

        "He thinks Roe v. Wade is about two guys in a canoe." P. Diller

        by john07801 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:29:30 PM PDT

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