Monday, January 02, 2006

Watching the Watchers

How long until a law is passed decreeing this illegal?

From St. Louis Today:
St. Louis police officers often say they feel as if people are looking over
their shoulders.

That feeling isn't likely to let up this year.

The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a frequent critic of
the city police, says it plans to arm residents of the city's north side with
video cameras to record officers' dealings with the public.

The activist group says the department often mistreats and unfairly targets
blacks and said it hopes the presence of cameras will act as a deterrent to
police abuse and result in smoother dealings between residents and police.

The group said the cameras will start rolling in the summer, after a series of
workshops near Fairground Park where blacks can learn about how to protect
their rights during dealings with police. The program is called the Racial
Justice Initiative.

I'm not all that interested in the reason for this, though I am interested in the idea behind it. Let's tape record police officers. All of them. All the time. Just follow them around, watching.


They'll do something stupid eventually.