On September 14th, 2015 the WITNESS Media Lab hosted a panel on filming police violence at Civic Hall in Manhattan.
A survey of four recent cases in the U.S.–and several around the world–challenge assumptions about the role of video in attaining accountability for abuse, and point to ways filmers, advocates, journalists, and the justice system can use video effectively for change.
Every year thousands of people in Brazil are murdered by the police, yet only 0.8% of the cases are ever investigated or brought to justice.
New initiatives out of Ferguson, Baltimore and Cleveland collect and preserve records of police abuse and protest movements.
Oscar Grant. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. The names of unarmed black men killed by police across the United States have etched their way into the public memory, becoming symbols of unjust policing. As bystander footage documenting those killings and other cases of police
When WITNESS was founded in the early 1990s, we distributed cameras to activists around the world so they could direct their lenses–and international attention–on injustice in their communities. Our objective, like that of many human rights activists and organizations worldwide, was–and still is–to make an
The policies, practices, and technology that allow videos by average citizens to expose abuse and serve as a tool for justice are constantly evolving, and our strategies must keep up.