In some forty two years (according to the Nat’l Archive Statistics) there have been seven, that’s right, seven intruders who made it as far as the lawn of the White House before being apprehended. In three of those cases a sniper fired upon a suspected intruder. Now in the past three days we have had two intruders attempt to breach the White House, with one making it inside the front lobby area of the BUILDING before being apprehended. Are these dry run for terrorists and radicals or a stark indication that something is wrong with the security of the most important house in America?
Regardless of what’s going on, it sends a weak and vulnerable message to the bad elements of the world that America can’t protect this house. That is a scary thought, so the Secret Service need to tighten the F%$K up!!
Let’s face it, there are more video cameras and people who are willing to use them than there are cops to try and stop them. But that doesn’t stop them (the cops) from trying everything possible to hide behind supposed laws and bully anyone who seeks the one thing that cops, politicians and most public servants do not want; TRANSPARENCY.
It is a common practice of police officers, EMS and Government vehicles to possess and use in-car cameras and body cameras to record and substantiate any in incidents that may occur during a traffic stop, service call or incident. In many instances the cameras are able to help prosecutors and judges properly administer the adjudicate the law. However, there is a growing problem with the use of those cameras. The owner/operator of those cameras have the ability to turn off those cameras and the raw video footage that originates from those cameras sometimes does not make it to it’s destination or is sometimes lost or altered.
Technology has advanced to the point that 95% of the general public are equipped with cell phone cameras. Those cell phones and video cameras are filming everything including traffic stops, incidents involving the police and especially incidents where the general public needs to be aware of actions by police that would otherwise not be fairly documented for legal purposes. The problem is, police officers do not want you to film what they are doing and they are willing to do anything and everything to stop the general public from exercising their legal rights. From flat out arrests to attempts to bully those individuals filming the incidents, police officers have repeatedly harassed and used phantom laws to try and keep the very idea of TRANSPARENCY from happening. That in a nutshell is the very core of the problem and the source of so many legal cases, and one would think that the growing problem would be in the forefront of police training and procedures.
The number of videos that have caught police in the act of brutality and/or unlawful harassment numbers in the thousands. Those videos have aided lawyers and judges in at least trying to level the playing field. But even with those videos there have been gross miscarriages of justice because at the end of the day police officers, prosecutors, judges and administrators are all on the same side. The only recourse for the general public is film everything and stand up to police officers who try to bully them into not exercising their legal right. THIS HAS TO STOP.
Granted, police officers have one of or the toughest, most dangerous jobs in the world. The very idea that the police use body and vehicle cameras for legal purposes is one that myself and a great number of taxpaying citizens support. It is the subjective nature of how the video footage is used that has created contention with the general public. That is the reason so many taxpaying citizens are arming themselves, but not with guns. The weapon of choice to combat police brutality, wrongful arrest and harassment is a video camera. Everyone should have one.