Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Courage to Get Involved
I've written before about the ongoing warn between corrupt police officers and citizens armed with cameras. While the battle will continue into the foreseeable future, there does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. All around the country, ordinary people are finding the courage to challenge corrupt officers and not back down when the officer tries to use the suggestion of force and brutality to intimidate them. Moreover, attorneys, politicians, and organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union are stepping up and standing up against the silencing of photographers.
What is it going to take to bring this war against accountability to a final end? It's going to take brave people from every walk of life who've had enough and won't be intimidated picking up cameras and fearlessly documenting police misconduct. It's going to take professional journalists, citizen journalists, and ordinary citizens who might only carry a cell phone with a camera to loudly and courageously scream "enough is enough!" and take what risks might come in order to exercise and defend their rights.
The video above is from the ACLU of Massachusetts and discusses why it's important for everyone to be involved in this fight. The professionals journalists aren't going to save your freedom; it's something you have to be brave enough to do your self. You must find the courage to get involved.