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During its centennial celebration, the NAACP has launched a new program, the "Rapid Response System," which enables people to file reports of alleged police misconduct through the use of their cell phones.

This year, the NAACP, established in New York City in 1909, celebrates its centennial.  As celebrations are under way, new crime-fighting programs are being developed and implemented by the association. One of these programs, the “Rapid Response System,” allows for people to use their cell phones in order to report any incidents of alleged police misconduct. The new system was officially unveiled Monday, as part of the annual convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in New York City.  

Instant texts, e-mails and video reports each exist as acceptable mediums to file a report of alleged police misconduct, which takes three steps to complete. A person must first take photos or record video on their camera phone of the incident. Next, the person must send the photos or video to the NAACP, which can be done through a Web browser, or by uploading the file(s) through a computer. Finally, a short form will need to be filled out regarding the incident. 

According to Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP’s president and CEO, information gathered from various reports will be used differently; while the NAACP may choose to use certain footage/information instantly, other reports may be entered into a comprehensive database for trending and use in more long-term illustrations.

As far as the extensive number of people who have access to the new program, Jealous explained: "Technology has basically put a video camera in the pocket of every child in this country over the age of 12 and most grown-ups, as well."

The NAACP’s vice president of advocacy and research, Monique Morris, offered another advantage of the new system. "What this database will provide is a more accurate account in real time of what's happening in our communities," said Morris.

In an NAACP press release, the Rapid Response System was listed as part of a wider Criminal Justice strategy, known as “Smart and Safe,” to be launched this year.

"We know that most of police officers around the nation are excellent public servants,” Jealous explained in the NAACP release. “But the few who violate people's rights are often not held accountable. We hope to improve the relationship between our community and law enforcement officers -- which is the best way to create the trust needed for police to effectively solve crimes.”

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RE: Equality but division
By Ranari on 7/14/2009 8:27:16 AM , Rating: 0
I'm white, and even I don't trust the police.

I was pulled over once for doing an illegal u-turn. My fault, not going to place blame on somebody else. That fault was all mine. I just didn't see the sign. So he has me pulled over next to a Hollywood video when he walks up and asks me how long I've lived here in Tampa. I said just a few months, which he replies back with, "So I take it you're familiar with the reputation of the Temple Terrace Police Department?"

Are you serious? I really didn't even know what to say. I mean, do you guys see Temple Terrace on the map? No, I bet you don't. It's just a small suburb of Tampa. But it made me wonder what-on-earth kind of world these cops live in sometimes that allows them to get so carried away with themselves.

I was very tempted to reply back with, "Yes, I heard you stormed Poland in 3 weeks," but I held my tongue. I'm not a criminal, and I don't ever intend to be.

RE: Equality but division
By theapparition on 7/14/2009 9:35:03 AM , Rating: 5
Can I get my 30seconds back?

That was the most mind-numbing go-nowhere story ever. At least make up something like the cop pulled you out and cavity searched you.

Story fail.

RE: Equality but division
By RandallMoore on 7/14/2009 10:40:18 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm white too. And yesterday I went to the grocery store to buy food.

Doesn't seem very relevant does it? lol

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