The Power of Filming Cops: Nearly Half of All NYPD Brutality Claims are Now Being Proven by Video

By Matt Agorist on September 8, 2015

“New York, NY — In the last few years, smartphones have become cheaper and more plentiful. According to recent statistics, the number of cellphones in the hands of Americans has been rising steadily every year. It is estimated that 182.6 million Americans will own a smartphone in 2015, an increase from 163.9 million in the previous year.

182 million smartphones means that nearly every adult in the country has a camera in their pocket.

Since the increase in smartphones, there has also been an increase in police brutality videos. This increase in videos led to the question of whether brutality is on the rise or merely that the frequency of filming the instances has risen.

While the answer to this question is up for debate, one thing is certain — the number of police brutality allegations being substantiated by video has increased.

New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board is an independent agency that is empowered to receive, investigate, mediate, hear, make findings, and recommend action on complaints against New York City police officers. According to the CCRB, nearly half (45%) of all claims of brutality and excessive force of NYPD cops have been substantiated by video in the first six months of 2015.

This increase is an 11% jump from 2014 alone.

According to the agency, surveillance and cellphone videos have also helped substantiate 21% of the overall complaints filed with the CCRB so far this year — the highest rate since the agency’s creation in 1993.

“Video is a fundamental revolution when it comes to the accountability of police officers,” CCRB Chairman Richard Emery told the Daily News. “It’s demystifying the whole investigative process. No longer is the lion’s share of the cases ‘he said, she said’ where additional corroboration is almost always required and substantiation is quite difficult.”

The power of the public watching a police officer commit a crime is proving to be quite the thorn in the side of bad cops, but it still has its limitations.”

The rest here at the free thought project: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/power-filming-cops-nypd-brutality-claims-proven-video/#QvQmsVhqFUyhAFqH.16

And this is just going to get better

Camera phones, go pros, dash cams, body cams

Pretty soon a misdeed will not happen without someone or some device there to record it

Lying bastards

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