Following the police killings of Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Garner in 2014, many people advocated for the widespread adoption of police body cameras as a solution to ending systemic police abuse and increasing transparency. Yet, they haven’t been effective. Now, more than five years later, we look back at our initial predictions, take stock in what we’ve learned and offer recommendations for moving forward.
Police Violence Tag
Wiretapping laws were intended to protect people’s privacy in the United States, but in some cases they’ve been used to challenge the right to record the police.
When WITNESS talks about the “Right to Record,” we are referring to the right to take out a camera or cell phone and film the military and law enforcement without fear of arrest, violence, or other retaliation.  Although the Right to Record is foundational
The project is a collaboration with El Grito de Sunset Park that looks at how eyewitness video can be collected, curated, analyzed and used to expose systemic police violence.
Read the original post En Espanol. Institutional violence is considered to be human rights violations initiated or endorsed by the government. Institutional violence ranges from excessive use of force against the public to abuse of power such as torture, forced disappearances or extrajudicial executions.
A new tipsheet prepares you to act as an eyewitness to police violence. Good witnessing can de-escalate a situation, help someone confronted by police, and provide valuable documentation for advocacy and justice.
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.