We live in a surveillance society. Our phone calls can be legally monitored under the Patriot Act. Our cell phones tell where we are. But they can also take videos. So can surveillance cameras. This is a game-changer.
Videos of police beatings are becoming common. Victims can become Rodney Kings.
The police are now on the defensive. They know that if they get out of line on camera, it could put them in court. Here is such a case.
A Minneapolis police sergeant has been charged with first-degree assault. In an off-duty incident, he knocked a man to the pavement. The off-duty cop then fled.
The man almost died. He has had three brain surgery operations.
There was a surveillance camera. It recorded the incident.
Next, the local newspaper got a copy of the video. It posted parts of it on its website.
The victim has four children. He also works for the local newspaper.
I think the cop is in very big trouble. A good rule is this: “Don’t beat up a newspaper employee on camera.”
This is a new era. There are video cameras everywhere. This means the police are on the defensive.