Man intimidated and threatened with pepper spray, arrest for standing across the street and recording police.
Just one day after the Baltimore Police Department released a directive affirming citizens’ right to videotape police officers performing their duties in public, police appear to have violated the policy.
Scott Cover sent us the link to this video he shot from his cell phone in the wee hours of Saturday morning in rainy Federal Hill. Cover said he happened upon police officers arresting a man outside a bar and decided to record the scene.
(Cover said he was prompted in part by remembering recent news coverage about the new video policy, which was released just ahead of a Monday federal court hearing in the case of a man filming an arrest at the 2010 Preakness Stakes.)
In Cover’s video, the officers can be heard telling him, forcefully, to leave. A female police officer crosses the street to approach him, with what appears to be pepper spray in her hand, warning him that “you’re going to go to jail.”
A little ounce of rage is born every single time I see a blatant and shameless injustice and/or abuse of power. We wonder why so many minorities (more often targeted by police and witness to/personally exposed to the injustices in this “land of the free”) are filled with rage and disenfranchised?
I can guarantee from personal experience, when you live everyday feeling like a second class citizen, witnessing official violations of policy and justice, you lose all respect for the policies and procedures expected of you. (Note: this is different from losing respect for justice - you can have a moral compass while having no respect for the system that enforces laws). You want us to pay equal taxes, respect the laws of the land, when we are treated like second-class citizens and those in power fail to respect the laws of the land? Such a system will not survive long.
Look at a parent-child relationship. Children stay in-line out of fear or respect. If you lose your child’s respect by failing to follow your own rules and/or by applying your rules with unfairness or brutality, that child will start to ignore your rules, rebel from your authority, and make attempts at correcting the imbalance. Beat your child into submission, you MIGHT maintain control of their actions (for now), but you will have created an enemy of their spirit and plant a seed of bitterness that can have so many long-term negative effects.
A government’s failure to follow its own rules or apply those rules justly is asking for revolt. Nature has a way of re-balancing itself.
Connected (2011) Trailer - HD Movie
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, Shlain’s love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life…and our interconnected future. Equal partsdocumentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain’s father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprisingties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring ourindependence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
It is interesting how Oakland PD’s policy handbook says that police are not to enter a group of people to pull people out for arrest. I wonder if NYPD has a similar policy. Anyone have a link to NYPD internal policy for conduct and procedure?
I will never get over the fact that the same tactics that were used by the Civil Rights movement, are now branded as “Violent.” The excesses of force will never end, but we will never forget.
Police arrest my brother Zelig Stern at Occupy Wall Street this morning
POSSIBLE RAID AND SHUT DOWN OF OCCUPY DENVER. REBLOG THIS
From an email:
I have intel from a source within the police department that OD is being cleaned out permanently. I believe him. I’m near the staging area right now and the wagons are moving in. I think we should start BEGGING for overnight occupation from every armchair activist tonight to see this through. This is a national police movement supposedly to push out all occupations.
OD is being taken down tonight.