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San Francisco Police Caught on Camera Mocking Citizens They May Kill

Two videos were posted on Instagram last week showing a pair of San Francisco police officers inside a doughnut shop joking what events they would not want captured by bodycams while exhibiting callous disregard for the lives of their victims.

In the first video, the officer in the background makes the comment that “what you want is the guy on video holding a gun,” which doesn’t seem like an awful statement on its face until you realize that some officers seem to dress for war and are bullies who escalate situations instead of defusing them.

The second video shows the officer continuing to joke, this time about how he would not like a bodycam video to show him shooting someone who had his or her hands raised in surrender, referring to the resulting blood spatter as “cherry pie,” while the officer with his back to the camera laughs in response, using his hands to imply an exploding head.

The videos were posted by an Instagram user in San Francisco going by Lastrella.

Here’s how the lastrella describes the first video:

Much love & solidarity to …..for sharing this with us. This was filmed at Happy Donuts on the corner of 24th St. & Church St., San Francisco.

The cop is explaining to his partner what footage he does & doesn’t “want” caught on their new body cameras.

In this 1st video, the cop explains to his parner how what he DOES want caught on camera is a civilian pointing a gun at him & him murdering said civilian in “self-defense”. Notice how he laughs & treats the subject of murdering someone as a joke.

In the 2nd video, he’ll explain that what his partner DOESN’T want caught on their body camera is when a civilian has their hands up & they murder them regardless. Notice how they joke about the death of a surrendering civilian, the bullet wounds & “brain splatter.”

#fuckyourblueline #bluevsyou

#sfpd finest #ftp @keephoodsyours PART 1: (WATCH BOTH VIDEOS & REPOST!) Much love & solidarity to …..for sharing this with us. This was filmed at Happy Donuts on the corner of 24th St. & Church St., San Francisco. The cop is explaining to his partner what footage he does & doesn’t “want” caught on their new body cameras. In this 1st video, the cop explains to his parner how what he DOES want caught on camera is a civilian pointing a gun at him & him murdering said civilian in “self-defense”. Notice how he laughs & treats the subject of murdering someone as a joke. In the 2nd video, he’ll explain that what his partner DOESN’T want caught on their body camera is when a civilian has their hands up & they murder them regardless. Notice how they joke about the death of a surrendering civilian, the bullet wounds & “brain splatter.” #fuckyourblueline #bluevsyou

A video posted by Estr3lla ‘I’ (@lastrella) on

 

And the second:

In this 2nd video, he explains that what his partner DOESN’T want caught on their body camera is when a civilian has their hands up & they murder them regardless. Notice how they laugh & joke about the death of a surrendering civilian, the bullet wounds & “brain splatter.”

These two videos were apparently recorded almost a year ago, which means they were made just a few short months after the high-profile killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, which started a national discussion regarding police body cams.

It’s clear that the profound gravity of this event was lost on the officers in the video, as well as many others.

We’ve seen in the past how officers behave when they don’t know they’re being recorded. This most recent set of videos is just another data point, though possibly one of the most brazen examples yet of how officers view the citizens they are sworn to protect.

In the Los Angeles Times coverage of this story, the San Francisco Police Department was quoted as saying:

San Francisco police said in a statement the officers were talking about “what they feel would be important evidence to capture in the event they were involved in an officer-involved shooting.”

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr addressed concerns about the videos, saying the officers’ conversation was inappropriate.

Police said they want to speak to the person who owns the original video to review it and determine whether the officers violated department policy. If the officers did violate any policy, disciplinary actions will be taken, police said.

That is how the Times story ends. Good journalism would be asking the tough follow-up questions: If they were talking about important evidence captured, how does that explain their obvious jovial demeanor when talking about killing someone, armed or not?

If the chief believes the officers’ conversation was inappropriate, what disciplinary actions does he recommend?

And most importantly, why do police need to know the identity of the person who recorded the video? The Los Angeles Times failed their readers by not pushing for more answers.

As previous cases have shown, police officers are not above retaliating against those who record them. We recommend to this videographer and all PINAC readers to never willingly interact with police officers, and to decline to identify yourself if you do not live in a stop and identify state and are not suspected of a crime.

If you absolutely must interact with law enforcement, you should do your best to document the interaction with video, other eyewitnesses or with notes taken as soon as you are able.

If possible, have competent legal counsel available to assist you. Keep recording the police, especially if you happen among some like these two who laugh about their hypothetical victims.

We can’t leave it up to officers to police themselves.

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