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.

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

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.

Photo courtesy of Capital One

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