A Texas policeman was chasing a suspect in a high speed car chase. The fleeing suspect then turned into a dead-end residential street. The police car rammed his car.
The cop told him to get out of the car. His girl friend said he was not given three seconds. The cop started shooting. He emptied his pistol. Then he reloaded and shot again.
After 41 shots, the suspect was dead.
The cop is a lousy shot. This was a residential area. Everyone was at risk.
A nearby resident took out a cell phone and recorded all this. Another cop realized what was going on. He demanded that the resident turn over the cell phone. The home owner did what he was told. When it was returned days later, the video was missing.
The home owner needed a back-up pocket camcorder or his wife’s cell phone. He should have handed over the visible one but concealed the other.
The cops are afraid of video evidence. That is why we citizens need back-up camcorders. They are cheap these days if you buy them on sale.
Video by video, police departments are being restrained by evidence. The public is re-gaining long-lost power over the authorities. This is a positive development. Digital technology is on the side of liberty.