Recently, two of New York’s finest beat up a man in a synagogue. They did not know that the synagogue had a full-time video camera recording everything.
Then the cops arrested him for trespassing. He wasn’t. He had been staying there for a month.
Then the synagogue posted the video on YouTube.
Then the rabbi organized a signature-gathering campaign. He collected 90,000 signatures in a few days.
At that point, the District Attorney knew he had a public relations problem. So, he dropped charges against the man.
Then the video and the story got on Huffington Post. This is very bad if you are a District Attorney. It might affect your plan to run for Attorney General, which is the steeping stone to the governor’s office.
The lesson? First, have a video camera running. Second, when you get a video of cops beating up a man, post it on YouTube. Third, use the YouTube video to organize a protest.
The Web is creating huge PR problems for the police. The police have not yet persuaded the staff that cheap camcorders and YouTube have created a New World Order for citizens.