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How mobile video is changing the way we witness crime
Technology
Published in 5-1-2017
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NEW YORK (AP) Mobile video is changing the way we witness crime, from live footage of a mentally disabled man tortured by four assailants , to a recording that led to the manslaughter conviction of an Israeli soldier , to the body cameras designed to keep police accountable. In practice, that hasn't always worked out the way proponents had hoped, although smartphone video played a big role in elevating public awareness of police violence. [...] the social network does allow crime video when people share it "to condemn violence or raise awareness about it," the company said in an emailed statement. Facebook, for instance, wrote in a blog post that it would allow a violent video posted by someone who used it to help find the shooter, but would remove it when posted by another person who mocked the victim or celebrated violence. When it makes exceptions, it often wades into difficult territory such as the time it was forced to restore the Pulitzer Prize-winning "napalm girl" photo after removing it because it features a naked child, blind to the photo's historical context and significance. In South Carolina, a white police officer was charged with the 2015 shooting of an unarmed black man after a traffic stop. In another case in Ohio, the two sides in the trial clashed over a video from a police officer's body-worn camera that showed him shooting an unarmed man following a traffic stop.
Reference: www.chron.com