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Benefit of Videoing Police

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Benefit of videoing police

Benefit of videoing police in action is there is another record of whether police do their jobs legally and safely. Citizens gain some leverage in the "my word against the policeman's word" context. Drawback occurs if a citizen videoing police obstructs the police's ability to do their job. Frankly, I have a love-hate relationship with surveillance technology. I feel it infringes my desire for privacy and to be left alone. On the flip tip, as a resident of color in northeast, and in the back of my mind, I want witnesses if I get pulled over by Portland police because they have been heavy handed or deadly on occasion. I purposely go out of my way not to attract police attention but I wish I didn't have to think about that. Low level paranoia and fear is part of the unresolved race issue. People of color end up looking over their shoulders, creates permanent tension, animosity, and ambivalence toward police. This negativity ends up being counterproductive when considering the next point. Police have a


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