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Imagine, if something like gun control was applied to computers because a politician decided you don’t need to own a computer more powerful than what they defined as good enough for you, and the media was spreading fear about criminals having easy and unrestricted access to machines they could use to ruin peoples lives with over the internet.
Because only hackers and criminals need something more powerful than this, right?
A great perspective
"to protect and serve"
I’m assuming the officer told him to get on the ground (why he needed to do that when the guy was just strolling along, I have no idea), and the guy apparently complied.
So WHY was it at all necessary or appropriate to push him?
We need better training for our police forces to help them determine where the line is between self-defense/controlling a situation and violating people’s rights and causing undue panic and violence.
We also need better education for citizens on what their rights are, so that they can recognize a situation where they are being harassed or otherwise wronged and can stand up for themselves.
If everyone whose rights were violated by the police stood up and made a fuss about it, I think we’d have fewer officers violating rights.
However, a big part of helping citizens stand up for themselves is ensuring their right to arm themselves and put themselves on equal footing with the police, so that when their rights are violated they can protect themselves.
And as always, it is so, SO important to film everything when stuff like this happens. If you at all suspect you’re being wrongly detained/harassed, you should be filming all of it.
If you live in an area where police brutality is common or you have a situation like the Ferguson one going on, they make some good wearable cameras so you’re not trying to hold up your iPhone and defend yourself. My favorite is one that straps onto your chest.
The scary thing is that arming yourself against the police won’t help. If you kill a cop, even if you were 100% justified, they’ll convict you for murder.
I’m so sorry. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to live in a country where you have to live in fear of the police.
That’s why recording is so, so important. Hopefully you would never have to use a weapon. I only would if I had to in order to protect my family. But you gotta do what you gotta do, even if there are horrible consequences. With the recording, though, you at least have a chance of showing the world that you were justified.