Body Cameras

Release Body Cam Footage

With the right freedom of information and use policies, wearable cameras could still be a powerful weapon to increase transparency.

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In this month's issue, we draw on decades of Reason journalism about policing and criminal justice to make practical suggestions about how to use the momentum of this summer's tumultuous protests productively. Check out Damon Root on abolishing qualified immunity, Peter Suderman on busting the police unions, Jacob Sullum on ending the war on drugs, Sally Satel on rethinking crisis response, Zuri Davis on restricting asset forfeiture, C.J. Ciaramella on regulating use of force, Jonathan Blanks on stopping overpolicing, Stephen Davies on defunding the police, and Nick Gillespie interviewing former Reasoner Radley Balko on police militarization.

"We pay attention when a sports hero gets roughed up or when a video camera films a beating. What happens during the thousands of routine interactions between the police and average folks?"
Rick Henderson
"L.A., Lawless"
May 1991

There's an emerging consensus within the broad police reform movement in the United States that the proliferation of body-worn police cameras—the most significant legacy of the last round of protests against police violence—has been more or less a failed experiment. The complaints about violent, high-handed police conduct that sent protestors into the streets in 2015 had largely not been remedied by the end of 2019, although the number of officers wearing cameras skyrocketed during the same period.

Studies backed up what residents of overpoliced communities experienced anecdotally: Cops wearing expensive new cameras weren't any less violent, on the whole, than they had been before. The Axon camera clipped to Derek Chauvin's chest certainly didn't stop him from choking George Floyd to death in Minneapolis this summer.

So today, as the loudest voices are calling for a burn-it-all-and-start-over approach to criminal justice, it's tough to make the case that body cams are still a crucial part of the solution to police misconduct. But giving up on making cops record themselves would be a mistake for reform advocates.

Police reform measures can be grouped into two broad categories: those that aim to prevent misconduct on the front end and those that aim to ensure accountability when it does occur. Of course, there's some circularity there—we hope that more accountability will mean less misconduct to begin with. But writing off body cameras as a failed policy makes sense only if you assume their purpose is preventive.

It's understandable to think this way. After all, the huge expenditures required to implement body-cam programs were largely sold to taxpayers with the very promise that's been shown false—that knowing they were on camera would make officers behave better.

But the real value of cameras comes on the back end. Even if they don't stop misbehavior in the first place, cameras change the accountability playing field in important ways. The fact that those most likely to suffer from misconduct are often unreliable witnesses or unsympathetic victims—criminal suspects, homeless people, people with mental illnesses, and so on—has long stymied even good-faith efforts to hold police officers accountable for mistreating members of the public. When allegations come down to a credibility contest, judges, juries, police commanders, and others are often unwilling to credit the word of such victims over that of an officer who denies the wrongdoing.

Preserving the tech is important because legal changes alone can't solve this problem. Even ending qualified immunity—a kind of holy grail for police accountability advocates—won't help much if civil rights plaintiffs have no objective evidence to refute an officer's self-serving account of his actions.

Right now, the policy infrastructure around police cameras is largely built on the assumption that their main use is deterrence. Since that model has failed, it's time to reimagine the cameras as tools to maximize transparency and accountability.

To do this, public access to footage should be radically expanded. Governments should insist, as a condition of continued funding for camera programs, that police release footage on demand to, at minimum, the people it depicts. At present, many states don't require police departments to release body camera footage in response to freedom of information requests, even when legitimate interests such as privacy and witness safety aren't implicated. (I learned this the hard way back in 2018 when, as a Reason intern, I took a suburban Virginia police department to court over its denial of my request for footage of an alleged excessive force incident—and lost.) Such restrictions serve no legitimate purpose when the people depicted in the footage have consented to its release, and they hamper both watchdog efforts and academic research.

The agencies that already exist to hold police officers accountable for their actions should also be more aggressive about preemptively reviewing body cam footage for misconduct. Internal affairs departments, civilian review boards, and prosecutors' offices should have unrestricted access to footage, and these entities should conduct regular audits for compliance with recording policies and other departmental rules, such as use-of-force regulations and requirements to behave courteously. Local governments could also require that departments conduct random audits of their own. Some departments already do this, but several—including problem departments like those in Ferguson, Missouri, and Mesa, Arizona—either don't bother or explicitly forbid the practice.

For any of this to work, departments must require officers to keep the cameras on and unobstructed any time they're interacting with a member of the public. They also need to get serious about enforcing those policies. Current penalties for violations are often weak or nonexistent. The handful of "reform" or "progressive" prosecutors who've been elected lately, in part on promises of greater police accountability, could help by systematically declining to prosecute people arrested by officers who were supposed to be recording but weren't.

Body cams make it possible for watchdogs and police leadership to address officer misconduct. But there's a more basic reason to keep pushing for more cameras and greater access to footage. True transparency and freedom of information mean we don't need a special reason to find out what the government is up to. The police work for all of us. We have every right to know what they're doing in our names.

 

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  2. But even with body camera footage of the deceased carrying a gun, or charging the officer with a knife, people are still going to protest and riot. See, for example, Lancaster, Pa.

    1. It’s usually an excuse rather than a stimulus.
      The DNC wanted pre-election riots even if George Floyd wasn’t a thing.

      1. Evidence?

        1. Lancaster, PA.

          1. How so? How does rioting in Lancaster demonstrate that Democrats want rioting?

            1. Summer of love. Not denouncing them until this month. Threatening more riots if RBG is elected.

              We get it. You refuse anything that might make your side look bad unless it is notarized and on film.

              Demkceats have been misusing the MLK quote about riots since they started dummy. They refused to condemn violence. They even went out and told their side to go out and get in peoples faces.

              It has to be so tiring to be you. Just ignoring everything you don’t want to believe even when it is apparent.

              1. “Not denouncing them until this month.”

                If you don’t condemn it every say, you APPROVE of it!

                JesseSPAZ… WHEN is the last time you spoke out against the doings of Caligula? Against Attila the Hun?

                JesseSPAZ clearly APPROVES of Caligula AND Attila the Hun!!!

                1. No usage of the word shit. Skip over this one sweetie.

                2. They must have lost the argument. They’ve sent their pet retard in to spam the thread.

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                    1. See. They can’t make a rebuttal so they send in this retard to shit up the thread with his lame copypasta. All to distract from the points made.

                    2. Mother’s lament, pot calling the kettle black! There was ZERO refutation about the point I made about the lack of logic in the “reasoning” by JesseSPAZ! Just name-calling! Typical lack of intellectual integrity by right-wing nut jobs!

                    3. All you do is spout gibberish and eat poop.

                    4. All that R Mac does is post empty-headed insults that I learned before I even attended 1st grade!

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                    6. Well, in reality while SQRLSY was posting this stuff I was off on a rural highway with no cellular reception. He kinda acted, as he always does, without instruction from me.

                    7. Dee, you bitch, why do you always miss the joke?

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              1. OK, we will count this as a second Democrat. So, two so far.

              1. Maxine is a well-known crank. So, there is one Democratic leader.

                1. You really going to embarass yourself like this?

              1. Poor TWK. Trying to control a narrative when his bosses are this blatant about their intentions.

              2. Can’t watch this video where I am right now, so will have to look at it later.

                1. Lol, the hell you couldn’t.

                  1. Believe whatever you want.

                  2. Nothing presented has backed up your statement that “ the DNC wanted pre-election riots“.

                    1. Yes it has. You’re just a partisan hack that lies about it.

                    2. Except all the cites and actual fucking video of prominent Dems saying just that.
                      Now fuck off you dishonest DNC shill.

                  3. Nope, actually couldn’t. Was riding in the passenger seat of an RV with cell reception coming and going, bored enough to be trying to check what CACLL narratives you adorable knuckleheads had been posting this weekend.

                    1. Nobody cares Dee.

              3. Had a chance to watch it finally. She says in the video that people are not going to stop _protesting_, and that they shouldn’t stop _protesting_.

                Protesting is not rioting. In fact, the right to protest, peacefully, is guaranteed by the Constitution.

                So, so far evidence to support the claim that the Democratic National Committee wants pre-election rioting is a statement by Maxine Waters and a statement by Aryanna Presley. Either of those two on the DNC?

              1. That is a vague statement and certainly does not tell people to riot.

              1. Encouraging people to argue is not the same as saying they should riot.

                1. getting up in someone’s face isn’t arguing dipshit.

                  1. Getting up in someone’s face does indeed mean arguing with them, in a confrontational way that can invoke a fight. But it is not physically fighting itself.

                    And the way Obama spoke about it he may have meant it rhetorically rather than literally.

                    Anyway, Mother’s statement was that the DNC wants pre-election rioting.

                    1. Keep squawking Dee. It amuses me.

                    2. This is pathetic.

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            2. Haha white knight just got embarrassed by his ignorance again!

            3. The Honorable Jerry Nadler (Antifa-NY) says the violence is a myth, and that’s enough for me.

              1. Good enough for Pedo Jeffy and white knight too.

              2. Not good enough for me if it’s supposed to prove the DNC wants pre-election rioting, but i will give you that it is a really weird thing for Nadler to say. It’s quite plainly true that there is violence.

                1. “Not good enough for me”
                  Of course not.

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              2. Rolled like Jeff on a 40 degree incline.

                1. Because he’s fat.

                  1. Wow, you are such an impressive manly man, calling someone who isn’t even present fat.

                    1. Shut the fuck up Dee. You’re a bird.

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            5. How about when Democrat political leader tell people to shove Republicans out of restaurants and at gas pumps when you see them

              1. It wasn’t notarized by three supreme court justices and the Buddha, and until it is, TWK is withholding judgment.

                Sure Maxine claims she said it, and there’s supposedly fifty different videos; but TWK hasn’t personally heard it from her and video can be deepfaked.

              2. That’s what I was asking for. Which leaders, when? Link to the evidence?

                1. Hahaha you’re so dumb!

                2. How about all the evidence Jesse posted above you mendacious piece of shit.

                  1. he didnt accept it. Literal definition of cognitive bias.

                    1. He admitted some of them did, but then said they don’t count…because they say crazy shit.

                      He’s really just become a caricature of himself.

                    2. Are either of the two extreme progressives you mentioned in charge of the DNC?

                    3. Keep squawking Dee.

                    4. You didnt ask for just leaders.

                      Are you going to keep fine tuning what is acceptable until you get a null filter?

                    5. “Are either of the two extreme progressives you mentioned in charge of the DNC?”

                      Now you’re trying to move goalposts. From in the DNC to “in-charge” of the DNC. And hey! what the fuck is Kamala now?
                      And you’re even and lying again about the number of cites provided.

                      You’re so shit at this. Your masters need to get their fifty-cents back.

                    6. Move goalposts, huh?

                      https://reason.com/2020/09/20/release-body-cam-footage/#comment-8470608

                      You are the one who said the Democratic National Commitee wants pre-election rioting, and JesseAz started posting a bunch of links not relevant to your claim.

                    7. Look at The White Bird squawking! A sight to behold, rare in nature, yet quite common here in these comments.

        2. They withheld the drug toxicology report until August 25th.

        3. You are such a slime ball and you don’t even care or don’t realize it.
          Pedantic trolls like you and Jeff the Obese Chem-Clown have proven incapable of arguing in good faith and should ultimately be ignored but whatever here’s 2 quotes pre-Floyd with D’s calling for civil unrest.

          “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”- Maxine Waters 25 June 2018

          “ I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be.”- Pelosi, on immigration, 14 June 2018

          1. Arguing in good faith? I didn’t even make an argument.

            I was just reading through the comments when Mother’s lament made the extraordinary claim that the DNC wants pre-election rioting. I asked for evidence.

            JesseAz posted links to a few radical progressive Democrats, who as far as I know are not members of the DNC, who called for something like rioting. And JesseAz posted links to other Democrats not calling for rioting.

            Anyway, I’m not a Democrat not a Democrat supporter, so I don’t have a dog in the hunt other than trying to keep conservative and conservative-leaning commenters here honest when they try to advance narratives. Speaking is no dog in the hunt, isn’t Mother’s like a Canadian, by the way?

            1. “JesseAz posted links to a few radical progressive Democrats, who as far as I know are not members of the DNC”
              Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters, Jerry Nadler, Ayanna Presley and Corey Booker aren’t members of the DNC?

              You’re so fucking dishonest.

              “Speaking is no dog in the hunt, isn’t Mother’s like a Canadian, by the way?”
              After of the Nazis, the Democratic Party has been far and away the biggest force for evil in the Western world. Even more so than the deplorable Italian Fascists. And this isn’t even hyperbole.
              Everyone on the planet has an interest in seeing it destroyed.

            2. That’s what I was asking for. Which leaders, when? Link to the evidence?

              You didn’t ASK for ‘leaders’.

              How so? How does rioting in Lancaster demonstrate that Democrats want rioting?

              You asked for ‘Democrats’. And they have been provided. Repeatedly.

          2. You do realize that, logically, saying, “I don’t see why there aren’t uprisings…” is not the same as calling for uprisings, don’t you? It’s weasely wording on Pelosi’s part, but she is staying this side of the line from fomenting riots.

            1. If anyone knows weasely wording..

              1. …it’s the bird, Dee.

              2. … it’s JesseAz!

                1. Another terrible joke Dee. Now shut the fuck up.

        4. Shut the fuck up Dee.

    2. You want people to rationally consider evidence and then react responsibly?

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  3. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, wrote Justice Brandeis. I believe he was right. We should require the release of body cam footage, particularly in cases like George Floyd, or Lancaster or Rochester.

    What I worry about are ‘fishing expeditions’. Using facial recognition technology, state and non-state actors can process a huge volume of video data, and who knows what they will do with that data. That is a much tougher question.

    1. It was Wilson, who campaigned on an anti war platform that controversially appointed Brandeis, leader of the American Zionist organization, to the Supreme Court and as his special counsel to WW1.

      That was when the official department of propaganda was created.

      It was also when passenger liners and hospital ships, most notably the Lusitania and the Rewa, were being loaded in the US with war munitions and the public were being lied to that they weren’t.

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      2. Let’s all listen to this holocaust denying fuck!

        He’s very, very reasonable and his comments are sure to have value.

        1. You could try refuting anything I say.

          But then you’d have to review and consider it.

          That would be in conflict with your bigotry.

    2. The police are already using automated license plate scanners to search databases for people in a given area or piece together travel of a suspect.

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  5. Perhaps we should also require criminals to wear body cameras.

    1. And, given Ward’s career aspirations, lawyers, too.

      1. Especially SCOTUS members with one foot in the grave.

  6. The real reason they don’t like cameras is that they tend to support the cops in most cases. If I were a cop I’d demand cameras as a pre-emptive protection method.

    1. If the level of violence used by police did not go down, even when they all knew they were being recorded, and the number of egregious encounters leading to lawsuits and settlements did not go up, that would seem to imply most officers were using appropriate amounts of force to make arrests.

      1. Lawsuits are mostly blocked by QI. So counting them is a useless metric.

      2. I think the bigger argument is that once the full body cam footages have been released public sentiment cools dramatically on the cops were wrong narratives.

  7. Don’t know if this is relevant to body cams but interesting if true.

    Police Are Killing Fewer People In Big Cities, But More In Suburban And Rural America
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/police-are-killing-fewer-people-in-big-cities-but-more-in-suburban-and-rural-america/

  8. Mandate body cameras, but then also mandate that the video is publically available and only viewable as a full recording of the entire incident on the department/state website. All rights to the footage is fully reserved to the departments/state and editing, replay or selective propagandizing is prohibited by law. News organizations may opine away, but can only reference the video and link to the site.

    Full transparency and no propaganda to serve a pro cop or anti cop agenda

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  10. There is one and only one litmus test for any political issue: do Democrats support it. Doesn’t matter what the issue is. If a Democrat says it’s a good idea then the issue must be derided, and anyone who supports it must be showered with hatred.

    This is why all police reform efforts must be belittled and mocked, and anyone who supports the issue must be spit on.

    1. Derp level: over 9000.

    2. So broken.

      When are you going to give up this current shtick and try honest argumentation again?

      1. You’re going to honestly tell me you would get on board with Democrats if they were right on something? Or is the idea laughable because Democrats, by definition, are wrong about everything?

        I ask because libertarians like myself have been pushing for police reform for decades, but now that Democrats are on board the right shows nothing but contempt for the idea.

        1. You could read my fucking comment you dumb piece of shit. (Sqrsly, you can kick your lips now).

          I have concerns about full body cam footage constant being on used with facial recognition to invade peoples privacy like they do with license plate scanners. This is literally what I wrote. The ACLU has the same concern retard.

          Without good policies, they risk becoming just another police surveillance device—and one with very real potential to invade privacy.

          https://www.aclu.org/issues/privacy-technology/surveillance-technologies/police-body-cameras

          But youre such a partisan TDS infected halfwit you can’t think past your nose.

          You are too infected to think of any policy last a facial examination. This is why you’ve resorted to hyperbolic strawman arguments.

          1. First of all I don’t read every thread so I haven’t looked at all your comments. Second there no way you can honestly say a damn thing about my views or political persuasion because I haven’t actually made any arguments for you to read. Finally you look like a child when you call people name.

            So take your arrogance and stick it up your ass.

            1. “First of all I don’t read every thread so I haven’t looked at all your comments.”

              Then stop acting like you do.

            2. You don’t make arguments. You jump into random threads with hyperbolic strawman arguments. That is the point of my comment dipshit.

              1. Dipshit? You’re telling me I don’t know my own shtick? Dude, you are a humorless boor. If I offend you it is only because my hyperbolic straw men are striking a nerve. Which means my hyperbolic straw men contain a few grains of truth. If I piss you off then maybe you need some self examination.

                And if you really want to know what I think, ask. Though I probably won’t answer because you’re an asshole who would only ask so you could work it into another tirade of name calling.

                1. “And if you really want to know what I think, ask. Though I probably won’t answer”

                  It’s really sad how broken you’ve become.

                  1. And your a pathetic troll who drops a turd wherever you go in hopes of hurting someone’s feelings for no reason other than to be mean. Your life must be miserable if that brightens your day.

                    1. You calling anyone a troll shows a lack of insight.

                2. you aren’t funny. Why do you and chipper keep claiming dumb ass comments are funny? Not everyone is drunk 24/7. They don’t laugh at any stupid comment.

                  1. I dunno about chipper but I paraphrase illogical stances from both sides in a way that points out the absurdity of the stand in a way that pisses off those with the stance and makes us on the outside laugh.

                    If you take what I say personally then that means what I say contains truth.

                    Can’t be offended by something that ain’t true.

                    1. Right but you’re not funny. I mean, you are, but not comedically.

                    2. Yeah, we get the joke, what you’re trying to do.

                      But you’re bad at it, so it’s not funny.

              2. Here’s another thing. If the other team was in power you would probably find me to be entertaining.

                No, you wouldn’t. Because you are a serious man with no time for fun or humor.

                1. Your jokes aren’t funny though.

                2. I laugh at good jokes, not awful reasoning. Is this the best you can do? I amaughing quite a bit at the always sunny quotes. Something actually funny.

                  1. Funny? I went to a concert and got tickets for the third floor. I’m not great with heights and third floor in an arena is steep. They say don’t look down? That’s where the concert is!

                    Yeah yeah as a matter of principle you must say my joke sucked.

                    You don’t think I’m funny because you’re on the inside looking out. Just as leftist say I’m a conservative, you see me as a leftist because I’m piling on your team. Actual libertarians think I’m almost funny. But partisans? No way.

                    1. Oh god sarc is drink again.

                    2. Wow. This is so sad, I’m gonna leave sarc alone for awhile.

    3. There is one and only one litmus test for any political issue: do Democrats support it.

      Sarcs not actually too far of here.
      The DNC is so evil, so psychotic and so abberant, that a good rule thumb is that if those pieces-of-shit support anything, then it’s probably fucked-up somehow.

      1. I’m sure they feel the same way.

        See how productive and mature that is?

        1. I’m not kidding here. I think you and your party are genuinely evil.

          1. idjit troll

          2. You picked your name well. You sound like a bitch.

            1. You named yourself after the preferred weapon of 14 year old girls.

  11. ‘The Axon camera clipped to Derek Chauvin’s chest certainly didn’t stop him from choking George Floyd to death in Minneapolis this summer.’ And in one sentence, Ward has demonstrated what confirmation bias is, and why body camera footage, facts don’t matter when bias will do. The preferred ways to write this are, ‘alleged to’ and ‘may have’ choked Floyd. Ward was not present, to my knowledge at the scene, and is pretending to knowledge he does not have. It is not surprising that it’s the second medical examiner report, which was paid for, and as likely to be rife with selection bias as the first, that is widely accepted by activists. Their narrative cannot be questioned, facts be damned.

  12. As I was driving on an empty stretch of I-77 or I-81 a couple weeks ago, the areas that are wide open fields, I saw two cars on the roadside, one being law enforcement and the other not. Since the hood wasn’t up and flashers weren’t on, my guess was they were pulled over for speeding, expired tags, or improper equipment. Since the pandemic and lockdowns started, a lot more people have been acting very crazy on the roads and I’ve seen an increased police presence on the highways.

    What’s weird is that the officer was in his car with the windows up, and the man was standing at the passenger side window, using his cell to film the officer though the glass. I know Indians can smell really bad, but this guy must’ve been really ripe for the officer to take that kind of action, especially in that open of an area and with a breeze.

    1. Hey, nothing like throwing in a casual racial slur against Indians.

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        1. Good question. He definitely white knight’s for specific demos. Those demos being leftists and pedophiles. But I repeat myself.

        2. I think I may have. I’m not sure. Are you keeping track because I’m not.

        3. Is that the anti-Mormon guy? I forget.

          1. Neither of those were answers.

            1. *Shrugs shoulders.*

              So? KillAllRednecks is barely on my radar. I think he might be the person who showed up (last week?) talking shit about Mormons. Come to think of it, I did respond to that guy, if I’m thinking of the right person. I told him I think Donnie Osmond seems like a nice guy.

    2. WTF does this have to do with anything, bigot?

  13. I’m in support of releasing most any body cam footage filmed in a public space.

    But cops are often granted legal permission to enter and act in otherwise private places. That sort of footage is ripe for all manner of abuse. Think about Obama’s proxies getting previously sealed divorce records unsealed. Now image what could happen with audio and visuals.

    There needs to be a well defined and stringent process in place to limit access to any such footage. With whoever owned or legally controlled the space at the time of filming having a clearly recognized right to privacy that can only be violated for extremely good cause. The mere existence and service of a warrant not justifying the almost perpetual intrusion that video footage creates.

    1. The rapid release of police video/audio recordings can be critically important, especially now when other videos of the event (or inaccurate news headlines about the event) go viral, and create angry protests/riots.

      Had the police video showing George Floyd resisting police efforts to put him in their police car (and showing him say he couldn’t breath when he was in the back seat) been released to the media/public the same day the event occurred, Minneapolis and dozens of other may not have suffered riots all summer long.

      But Democrat AG Keith Ellison, who is prosecuting the Minneapolis police officers) waited 10 weeks to release that police footage, which could result in not guilty verdicts.

      The Lancaster PA police released footage (showing the man lunge at the cop with a knife, prompting the police to shot him) several hours after the protesters began to riot, which occurred shortly after false and misleading news headlines and social postings (that failed to mention the knife attack on the police) went viral.

      But at least that same day action by Lancaster police (to release the video) helped prevent more violent protests from occurring (along with the arrest of 8, and million $ bails set by the Lancaster County Court).

      1. All of which involved footage exclusively obtained in a public space.

  14. Not cool.

    https://apnews.com/619efb65b9eeec5650f011b960a152e9

    UN says new polio outbreak in Sudan caused by oral vaccine

    The World Health Organization says a new polio outbreak in Sudan is linked to an ongoing vaccine-sparked epidemic in Chad — a week after the U.N. health agency declared the African continent free of the wild polio virus.

    In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon.

    1. I prefer an ANAL vaccine.

  15. OT post:

    Hey right-wing nut jobs, read THIS!

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gangster-capitalism-american-theft-chinese-124740130.html

    Gangster capitalism and the American theft of Chinese innovation

    1. The NIGGERS don’t want the body cam footage released. It will show the DAMN NIGGERS NIGGERING IN THEIR NIGGERS!

      1. Fuck off troll.

        1. it’s just a sqrsly sock distracting again.

          1. Makes sense. And my comment stands!

          2. I never sock. JesseSPAZ? JesseSPAZ is a sock for the Evil One!

            1. It was totally you and obvious too.

              1. Your tinfoil hat needs some serious repairs, Tulpa!

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  22. The Axon camera clipped to Derek Chauvin’s chest certainly didn’t stop him from choking George Floyd to death in Minneapolis this summer.

    The evidence seems to be piling up that this is not what happened. The camera footage that has been released so far shows that he was already in respiratory distress long before being “restrained” in that bizarre manner.

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