04/28/11 Valuable Video


Two recent events underscore the value of using personal video to hold people accountable.

A pair of young women brutally beat a third woman in a Baltimore-area McDonald’s restaurant.  Cell phone video recorded the crime. 

But it also showed several males doing nothing to stop the melee.  One man made a meager attempt to break-up the fight but otherwise allowed the attack to continue.

A Las Vegas man’s video captured his own savage beating by a police officer.  The man was standing in his own driveway when the cop ordered him to turn off his camera. 

Everything the officer did from start to finish was wrong.  And this cop had already been involved in two fatal shootings since 2006.

This case is not isolated.  There has been an increase in cops threatening the public and even the media who dare to record them.

The burden of proof rests with a whistleblower when alleging government wrongdoing. Eliminating the evidence – such as banning video — makes it nearly impossible to hold government officials accountable. 

No one should have an expectation of privacy while working at taxpayer expense.

As for these two events, the restaurant ought to fire its employees who did nothing to aid the girl. 

As for this rogue cop, he ought to be in jail.