Thursday, November 30, 2006
From USATODAY.com: A series of recent videotaped arrests is providing an unfiltered look at often physical, sometimes brutal police work, due to the broadening technology of cellphone cameras and online video viewing.
Some law enforcement experts say the technology is shedding light on a long-standing if uncomfortable fact of life: Police frequently have to use force. And society and the law expect them to do so.
"The core function of police is, they're the ones who step up and use force when it is necessary," says Eugene O'Donnell, a former New York City police officer and prosecutor. "The cops are doing our dirty work. And when someone puts it on camera and shoves it out there, we say, 'Isn't this terrible.' " Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]