Would #Ferguson Have Turned Out Differently If The Original Cop Incident Had Been Recorded?

This clip was made over two years ago, but it’s still so very relevant today, and it’s happening even more as police departments become more militarized and out-of-touch with the citizens they’re supposed to protect. Watch as some of these cops strike, kick, and otherwise abuse ordinary citizens — in some cases, shooting them a dozen times. These are not rare incidents, especially for those in some communities.Warning: gun violence and physical abuse.

Remember, you have a right to record these interactions, if these following are true:

1. It’s on public property.

2. They’re on-duty cops.

3. You do not interfere with the police operation.

And it needs to be said that you should do it openly and not in secret, though some secret videos have been admissible in court.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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