October 14th, 2014

Bellingham, WA Police Officer Says He Will Not Get a Body Cam 77

By Larry Diffey

Bellingham, WA recently signed a deal for body cams worth $130,000 with Taser International. According to the Bellingham Herald about half of the patrol officers will have them right away and the rest will have them by summer of 2015. Each officer will be issued a chest cam and one mounted to eyewear.

A man, who obviously had previous dealings with the Bellingham PD, shot video of two officers not wearing body cams and called them out on it. One seemed camera shy and didn’t get involved, but the other one, identified as Officer Jennings, seemed rather smug about not having one and claimed he will not be getting one. Perhaps his boss, Chief Cook and the other citizens of the town need to know that Officer Jennings is not inclined to be held accountable for his actions while on duty. Bellingham PD information can be found here.

According to this article, some Bellingham officers like the cameras. The article does not say when officers will be required to activate those cameras but it does state that officers will not be able to edit or delete footage and access is limited once the videos are uploaded.

Body cameras are a great tool for holding police accountable, but as we’ve seen so many times, they “malfunction” or conveniently were not turned on during serious use of force incidents. Eventually body cameras for police will become widespread but we still need to hold them accountable with our own videos because police that control their videos and investigate themselves cannot be trusted to release the videos most damning to their officers and their departments.

October 13th, 2014

Ferguson Protesters and New York Journalist Try to Intimidate me from Recording 146

By Carlos Miller

 

There’s so much I would like to say in this post but I don’t have time because I have to head out to cover another protest in Ferguson, which is supposed to be the biggest one yet, or at least the one where they commit the biggest act of civil disobedience.

The organizers of the protests have been very secretive about their plans as a way to thwart police, so most of us are learning about things as we go along.

October 11th, 2014

Hundreds of Protesters Make Stand Against Ferguson Cops in Front of Police Station 81

By Carlos Miller

Ferguson Friday Night (1 of 1)

 

The “Weekend of Resistance” kicked off in Ferguson Friday night with more than 300 protesters marching through the streets towards the Ferguson Police Department to express their outrage that officer Darren Wilson has not been criminally charged for shooting and killing an 18-year-old man as he was trying to surrender.

They were especially outraged that Ferguson cops left his body on the street for four hours.

And this outrage is only going to intensify today with a protest that is expected to draw thousands of people from around the country.

Although things became tense Friday night with protesters and police squaring off against each other, no arrests were made, indicating that the Ferguson top brass has been instructing its officers to keep cool heads this weekend.

We’ll see what happens today.

However, tensions remained tense in Shaw, a city in St. Louis County 18 miles away from Ferguson, where police shot and killed a teenage man who they say had a gun and fired at them several times.

Friends and family of Vonderrit Myers say he was only holding a sandwich. Thursday night, police clashed with protesters, including pepper spraying photographers. Friday night, protesters were expected but none materialized by midnight, even though Shaw’s police department were on the streets with military gear, waiting for protesters to pounce.

Here is the video.

 

Below are photos taken in sequence of the evening, including the glass makeshift coffin that was meant to symbolize the numerous victims claimed by police abuse in the last several years.

 

 

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About 300 protesters marched to the Ferguson Police Department

 

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A few cars were also in the march.

 

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Some carried a glass coffin meant to represent the hundreds of people killed by police every year.

 

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When they got to the police department, they demanded cops take a look at themselves in the reflection.

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This woman prayed for peace between cops and citizens.

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The standoff between protesters and police remained tense but cops kept their cool

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A white protesters stands in front of a black cop with his hands raised showing that this is not a black vs white issue but a blue vs the rest of us issue.







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