Keep the cameras on the cops. In the wake of the shooting death of 50 year-old Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston Police Officer, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) offered some advice to young people on MSNBC yesterday.
“I’ve advised young people, keep your cellphones tuned up, keep the battery charged and don’t hesitate to turn them on when you see things happening that’s unbecoming or you think may cross the line,” said Rep. Clyburn as he spoke to Andrea Mitchell.
“I think that we are going to have to do more of this, because I think that’s what it’s going to take for police officers to really think twice before pulling their weapons,” Clyburn added.
It’s obvious that had the murder of Walter Scott not been captured on video, Scott’s death would have been yet another unnoticed statistic added to the yearly total of police shootings. Walter Scott’s death is likely to resonate in the minds of many not only because of the shocking video, but because the encounter is reminiscent of the Michael Brown shooting death in Ferguson.
The ACLU created an app in November 2014 to monitor police. The “mobile justice” app allows users to record video of police encounters and upload the content to the ACLU.