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ARTICLE: POLICING THE POLICE: A CITIZEN'S RIGHT TO FILM THE PUBLIC ACTIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AND HOW AMERICA BEGAN TO LOSE FAITH IN THOSE WHO SWORE TO PROTECT AND SERVE

Spring, 2016

Thurgood Marshall Law Review Online

41 T. Marshall L. Rev. Online 190

Author

JULIANA SHAW

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity 1."

- Nelson Mandela

They are the ones we are taught to call when we are in trouble. The ones who swore to protect and serve you, me, and anyone else in the presence of threat or fear. Those individuals are the police. For some, 9-1-1 is committed to memory at a young age, even before personal home addresses or telephone numbers. This is usually based on the dependency and trust society injects in these officers. Yet, what happens when the safety blanket we once turned to in a time of need, turns out to be the very source of our fear? Why do we tense up when we see flashing red and blue lights in our rear view mirrors? Why do we triple-check the speedometer when we get within driving distance of a Crown Vick?

It's the feeling of being watched; of knowing that one foot outside of the line could cost us a weekend in the local county jail, accompanied by heavy court fines, or in extreme cases, death. However, if the police are watching us, looking for disorder and displacement, who is watching them? Recent events, such as the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner has catapulted to the forefront, not only issues of distrust toward police officers, but also what we, as citizens, can and cannot do in the presence of law enforcement; even if it means preventing ...
 
 
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