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Film those Officers

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MDC has been an advocate along with many freelance journalists high listing the need of cameras to provide proof -documentation.

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that smartphones have ushered in a new era of police accountability. Since mid-July, when a bystander on Staten Island filmed the death of Eric Garner in a prohibited police chokehold, at least eight other unsettling videos, most of them captured by smartphone, have emerged showing instances of apparent excessive force by NYPD officers. Four such videos have appeared this month alone.

Although police might intimidate bystanders into thinking otherwise, it’s perfectly legal to film the cops — not only in New York, but everywhere in the U.S. — as long as you don’t get in their way. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, encourages people to keep using their phones to film troubling police incidents. The more people who post these videos online, she said, the more likely it is that other people will reach for their own phones when they see cops doing something questionable.

“When police wrongdoing is captured on videotape, it makes the public understand what has happened and why we need to hold the police accountable, and that we need changes in the way police do business,” Lieberman told The Huffington Post.

“Nobody would have believed what happened to Rodney King if it hadn’t been caught on videotape,” she added, referring to the man who was brutally beaten by Los Angeles cops in 1991, leading to months of protests. “The same is true for Eric Garner.”

Lieberman also argued that the modern-day proliferation of video is actually good news for police officers.

“It’s ready-made training material, and sometimes it’s a ready-made defense against wrongful accusation,” she said. “It should protect good cops and hold accountable those cops who fundamentally disrespect the rights and laws they’re supposed to protect.”

On July 17, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner, a father of six and grandfather of two, in a chokehold during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk. Bystander Ramsey Orta filmed the arrest. The video shows Garner, who had asthma, repeatedly screaming “I can’t breathe!” before his body goes limp.

“Twenty years ago, Ernest Sayon, right in that same district, died,” the Rev. Al Sharpton later said at Garner’s funeral, referring to another Staten Island man who died at the hands of the NYPD in 1994. “We marched then. But there’s a difference this time. This time, there was a video!”

That video, and the others that have emerged since, have raised serious questions about what’s going on at the NYPD .

Why are officers still using chokeholds to apprehend suspects, even though the maneuver is prohibited by the NYPD patrol guide?

On July 14, Ronald Johns, 22, allegedly entered a New York subway station without paying a fare. When he resisted arrest, cops pepper-sprayed him and put him in a chokehold.

Chokeholds are dangerous and often deadly, yet from 2009 to 2013, the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board received more than 1,000 complaints about them. Below is a video, also from July, that shows an officer appearing to put Rosan Miller in a chokehold during an arrest for illegally grilling outside her home in East New York, Brooklyn. Miller, 27, was seven months pregnant at the time.

Which leads to another question: How are officers trained to deal with pregnant women, anyway?

This video is from mid-September, when Amezquita tried to intervene in the arrest of her son outside a restaurant in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She alleges that officers also beat her belly with a baton.

The NYPD didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post about how officers are told to treat pregnant women. A copy of the department’s patrol guide says that “when possible,” electric devices like a Taser “should not be used on children, the elderly, obviously pregnant females, the frail, [or] against subjects operating or riding on any moving device or vehicle.” The guide also tells officers, “If possible, avoid using pepper spray on persons who appear to be in frail health, young children, women believed to be pregnant, or persons with known respiratory conditions.”

Also in September, and also in Sunset Park, police officers threw fruit vendor Jonathan Daza, 22, to the ground after reportedly telling him to pack up his table and clear the area. Once Daza was on the ground, Officer Vincent Ciardiello kicked him in the back, apparently without provocation. Ciardiello was later suspended.

Have you recorded evidence of police in your community behaving badly? We want to hear about it. Send photos, videos or stories to copwatch@huffingtonpost.com.

Source: Huffington post

Citizen CopWatch

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Police, you’re being policed.

MDC says, every citizen is a recruited video informer protected under the United States Constituition, the same the cops/officers/parks department PEP all sworn on.

City watchdog groups are recruiting intrepid citizens in all five boroughs — and arming some of them with handheld video cameras — to catch rogue cops in action.

“The reality is that the police violate the law,” said Daniel Sanchez, a 33-year-old member of the Justice Committee, one of the groups of activists aimed at stopping police violence.

“But when we are there with our cameras, the cops often change their behavior,” he said.

Dozens of would-be shutterbugs packed a meeting in the Bronx on Tuesday to learn the nuts and bolts of documenting potential abuses.

The workshop in Morrisania was the first in a series planned for every borough.

“Do not engage the officers unless they engage you,” said Yul-san Liem, a Justice Committee trainer, who advised cop watchers to keep their distance and remain calm. “The point is not to antagonize police.”

Momentum for filming NYPD interactions with the public spiked after video played a significant role in shaping reaction to the death of Eric Garner of Staten Island, who died in July after a cop placed him in a chokehold.

“A picture may be worth a thousand words, but if it happened on video, it’s priceless,” said New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman.

“If a person had only described what had happened to Eric Garner, it wouldn’t have had nearly the impact that it did,” she added.

An NYPD officer was also caught on a disturbing video in September tackling a clearly pregnant woman in Brooklyn.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how a fleet of videographers would affect their ability to police the streets.

An NYPD officer is seen on newly released cellphone video apparently knocking out a Brooklyn teen who had been stopped on suspicion of smoking pot, sources told The Post.

Police say that the Internal Affairs Bureau is probing the incident, in which the officer allegedly pummels Marcel Hamer, 17, on June 4th in Clinton Hill as the teenager pleads with the officer, telling him that he was only smoking a cigarette.

“Mister, it was just a cigarette, sir,” Hamer can be heard saying on the video.
“It was just a cigarette.”

As the officer notices a person videotaping the incident, he taunts the indivual, “Yeah, get it on film.”

Although the alleged knockout blow is not seen, the teen appears to be unconscious at the end of the footage.

“You knocked him out!” one of Hamer’s friends could be heard saying.
The teen’s family said he now suffers neurological problems, according to The Brooklyn Paper.

Hamer was charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

MDC always says on twitter under the hashtag #videoGOTya #civilrights !!

Source: ny dailynews

Gotcha Camera for NYPD

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Days after a federal judge said NYPD body cameras could have prevented the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, police unions are firing back. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said Garner’s death after an attempted police arrest on Staten Island was due to the fact that he resisted arrest and a confrontation occurred. He blasted the remarks as “misunderstanding the use of video cameras” and “this incident in its total.” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins went further, calling Judge Shira Scheindlin “an angry judge, who probably should begin to think about doing something else in her career.”

MDC says, the Unions and especially Pat Lynch who is a paid crony spokesman are severely ignorant. Just imagine if the tables are turned and someone named Lynch is choked out? That’s why, MDC says, take those pictures and videos. It’s called self defense and protection, all under protect civil amendments .

The harsh comments come in response to Judge Scheindlin’s remarks while being honored by the Bronx Bar Association on Sunday. In a NY1 exclusive, Judge Scheindlin said both officers and citizens will be less likely to be aggressive if they are being watched. She made the remarks a year after ordering several reforms to the NYPD’s “Stop, Question, and Frisk” policy, which she ruled unconstitutionally stopped blacks and Latinos. Several City Council members today gathered at City Hall to blast the police unions’ legal efforts to stop these reforms, including police body cameras, from taking place. Police Commissioner Bratton says 60 officers will be equipped with cameras next year under a pilot program.

MDC says, body cameras on police officers can help prevent deaths, police brutality, and numerous civil rights violations that have been committed.

Lastly, why be hesitant wearing the body cameras if you (police,security guards, peace officers) are not hiding bad behavior.

GOTCHA!!

USA HISTORY

 

 

 

Flipsyde

 

MDC presents FLIPSYDE and some great lyrics. Turn it up !!

[Verse 1]

Hustlin’s in my blood my father’s name is Britain
His history consisted of robbery killin’ and pimpin
Filthy rich and the biggest killer that you ever seen
Once I’m older I’m takin’ over ima be king
I was locked up in jail when he got the new land
Opened his cells I guess that’s how the story began
First mission was to clear it out and claim it as mine
Indigenous people were peaceful it took no time
Great grandmother Africa was blind and disabled
Sons was traitors we played divide and conquer invaded
Sold her children into slavery and profited quick
Started makin’ side deals and that’s how I got rich
Daddy Britain found out and tried to put me in check
He don’t understand I’m a man and I deserve some respect
Tried to bring it to me but I play for keeps and I won
Still my daddy but you ain’t the only man with a gun
More money More problems little brother is wild
They call ’em The South he’s country with a big ass mouth
Tried to show ’em new business but he don’t wanna change
I love ’em but I knew eventually I’d blow out his brains
I’m America!

[Chorus]
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless

[Verse 2]
Me and my daddy still cool and my uncles is with us
France Russia and Italy and we all killas
But it’s this nigga named Germany that’s out of control
Rollin with Japan and Turkey and them niggas is bold
Started fuckin’ with my uncles and we all went to war
Uncle France damn near died at the tip of his sword
When the smoke cleared we won let ’em retreat
Shoulda’ killed ’em cause they knew they had us close to defeat
Kicked it off again 20 years later it was on
This time my uncle Italy traded and he was gone
I was neutral when Japan hit me guess that he knew
I aint gone’ let my family fight without me jumpin’ in too
Woulda’ lost if I didn’t hit Germany’s weapon supply
Kamikaze Japanese was always ready to die
Dropped atomic bomb let them niggas know that it’s real
Speak soft with a big stick do what I say or be killed
I’m America!

[CHORUS]
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless

[Verse 3]
I’m racin’ with my uncle Russia we the ones with the guns
He supported the North so I rolled with South Vietnam
Thought it would be easy but almost 60 thousand died
They was harder than Korea so we ran for our lives
It’s a family called the Middle East and they got bread
Sellin’ oil they don’t cut me in then off with their head
I got a nephew named Israel that’s right in the middle
Pay his allowance as long as he can dance to my fiddle
I had a patna’ named Iraq gave ’em weapons and money
Nigga started getting’ power and he start actin’ funny
Saudi Arabia’s cool gotta son Bin Laden
I was trainin’ his soldiers to go against the Russians and stop ’em
Then he tried to say I need to take my soldiers and cut
Gave ’em the finger that’s when he flipped and blew my shit up
I took it to ’em, and then I took it back to Iraq and if you ain’t my blood brother you gonna be flat on
yo’ back
The sons of Africa just invented this shit called rap
Tellin’ my secrets that’s why I’m puttin’ their heads on flat
Built an empire quick and it might not last
But I bet I go down in history as the one that smashed
I’m America!

[Chorus]
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless America
You know you know God Bless

Hustlin’s in my blood my father’s name is Britain
Hustlin’s in my blood my father’s name is Britain
The red the white the red the white the blue
The red the white the red the white the blue

 

 

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Romney Girl

 

MDC shares a parody video that mocks Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for allegedly not paying taxes and keeping his wealth in offshore tax havens.

The Republican candidate has released his tax returns for 2010 and vowed release his 2011 tax returns when they are ready, but has refused to release more. His 2010 tax return showed that hides his wealth in offshore tax havens in Switzerland and in the Cayman Islands.

Enjoy the video, MDC is still voting for ANONYMOUS in 2012.

http://youtu.be/5v4PWW301JM