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I've Been An Amateur Photographer For Years. This Clip Opened My Eyes About Filming Crowds And Cops!

This was originally created when the Occupy Wall Street movement was very active and the police encounters that happened featured riot gear, jackboots, tear gas, and lots of violent force. I'm so happy those days are over ... oh, wait. Anyway, here's a guide on to how to film when the situation gets rough out in the streets. See you there?

I've Been An Amateur Photographer For Years. This Clip Opened My Eyes About Filming Crowds And Cops!

It's worth watching this when you have the time because it gets into strategies when you have multiple people filming. But these are the five key takeaways:


When things start to get ... interesting, shout it out. Get those cameras going!

Vertical video syndrome is a thing, y'all. Don't do it!

Especially when you're at an event where things might get out of hand (or things might fly at you), you'll want to stay in the game and record it for others by keeping a safe distance.

Similar to #3, don't become a statistic! Watch what's going on and film it, but if things get dangerous or otherwise begin to spiral out of control, get to a safe place or find a way to keep recording without risking life, limb, and equipment.

Make sure you know your rights when it comes to recording cops and other people and understand when you are stepping over the line. You can't record the events going on around you if you're in handcuffs, being dragged off to a police cruiser. Similarly, you can't make that great video you want to go viral if the cops intimidate you into surrendering your rights.

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This year more than ever, many families are anticipating an empty dinner table. Shawn Kaplan lived this experience when his father passed away, leaving his mother who struggled to provide food for her two children. Shawn is now a dedicated volunteer and donor with Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee and encourages everyone to give back this holiday season with Amazon.

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Over one million people in Tennessee are at risk of hunger every day. And since the outbreak of COVID-19, Second Harvest has seen a 50% increase in need for their services. That's why Amazon is Delivering Smiles and giving back this holiday season by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Second Harvest to feed those hit the hardest this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local food bank or charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your selected charity.

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Brittany Kinley, a mother from Mansfield, Texas, had a hilarious mom fail her and she's chalking it up to being just another crazy thing that happened in 2020.

When Kinley filled out the order form for her son Mason's kindergarten class pictures, there was an option to have his name engraved into the photos. But Kinley wasn't interested in having her son's name on the photos so she wrote "I DON'T WANT THIS" on the box.

Well, it appears as though she should have left the box blank because the computer or incredibly literal human that designed the photographs wrote "I DON'T WANT THIS" where mason's name should be.

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A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

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Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.
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Back in 2017, when white supremacist Richard Spencer was socked in the face by someone wearing all black at Trump's inauguration, it launched an online debate, "Is it OK to punch a Nazi?"

The essential nature of the debate was whether it was acceptable for people to act violently towards someone with repugnant reviews, even if they were being peaceful. Some suggested people should confront them peacefully by engaging in a debate or at least make them feel uncomfortable being Nazi in public.

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In December 2018, The Utah Department of Transportation opened the largest wildlife overpass in the state, spanning 320 by 50 feet across all six lanes of Interstate 80.

Its construction was intended to make traveling through the I-80 corridor in Summit County safer for motorists and the local wildlife.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that there were over 100 animal incidents on the interstate since 2016, giving the stretch of highway the unfortunate nickname of "Slaughter Row."

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