Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 7, 2012, 10:18 a.m. EST by N16mindMachine
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Police brutality is an increasingly immediate threat to the integrity of our civil rights, not to mention the safety of everyone in the community. While police officers in certain places can still be found helpful and polite; much of the nation's law-enforcement department has adopted an aggressive, bullying, intimidating presence.
And they will physically hurt you as they see fit.
Some days ago I posted a feed mentioning a "copwatch" branch of occupy and asking why it had gone. To my chagrin and embarrassment, it turned out that there had been no such thing in the first place- I had seen a lot of posters for a separate organization of the said name when protesting for Occupy events in the past, and associated the two.
My idea for what it would have been might be very useful, though- if it were to be recycled from this foolish error.
It would involve people from occupy going out each day to walk routes that coincide with commonly-seen police-patrol routes in their city or large town. Besides simply enjoying the weather/exercise/whatnot, there would be a specific objective: to be on-the-lookout for police enforcement activity. If such activity is found, it is to be filmed- with a cellphone brought along before heading out.
In a nutshell, it's the same deal as the normal film-the-police campaign, except rather than just doing so when it happens to come near you, there will be anonymous, hidden, impromptu patrol-networks formed by occupy specifically to seek these situations out and expose them.
Hope this post will be better than the one before.