The nation’s police have not yet caught on to the implications of smart phones that have built-in cameras. The Rodney King effect is spreading.
A man called 911 in New Jersey in August 2010. The police came. They got into an altercation with him. He turned around and walked away. A cop sprayed him in the back of the head with pepper spray.
This was a really stupid cop. Pepper spray works when you spray people in the face.
Then the victim made a mistake. He turned around. The cop grabbed his arm with one hand and sprayed him in the face with his other hand.
Then two other cops pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him.
Then they beat him unconscious, according to his lawyer.
Someone was recording all of this.
Now the cops are being sued in federal court. So is the city and the police department.
This made the front page of the local newspaper last week. This was too years late.
The police are stonewalling.
And so it goes. As video cameras become universal, police departments will be forced to alter their training of employees. Bureaucracies do not like bad publicity. Videos can lead to very bad publicity.