Police Videos Aren’t Going Away. How Can We Learn From Them?

NPR, 25 MARCH 2017, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

For three days last summer, many of us watched as TV and computer screens showed violence between police and civilians. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police. Then a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas.

That week made clear just how much these videos of police violence have become part of our lives.

The videos are not new, of course — the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police was filmed in 1991. But from dashcams to body cameras to bystanders’ cellphones, more and more interactions between civilians and police are being captured on camera.

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