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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: It's needed
By mdogs444 on 7/14/2009 8:42:19 AM , Rating: 2
I've seen reports of police officers excessively using their tasers on people that posed no threat to anyone...

Resisting arrest is the most common reason for using tasers. In fact, studies have shown that using the taser on a person is better than forcing their arms behind their backs in order to cuff them. It has the ability to reduce bodily harm from resisting. The taser has no lasting effects.

"Don't taze me bro!" - god I would have paid to see them taze him another 3 or 4 times in a row.

RE: It's needed
By TheSpaniard on 7/14/2009 9:59:14 AM , Rating: 2
while I agree that the people resisting arrest are giving warrant for the police to use force, tasers have this nasty side-effect of causing heart attacks in people with minute or undetectable heart issues. and that makes it potentially lethal.

RE: It's needed
By mdogs444 on 7/14/2009 10:08:23 AM , Rating: 2
If they're heart issues are undetectable, then there is no reason to try to avoid them.

Look, those people have the ability to NOT be tased. It's called doing what the officer tells you to do without being an idiot. If a person with a heart problem gets tased and dies - chances are they brought it up on themselves and caused their own death.

RE: It's needed
By stilltrying on 7/14/2009 2:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. Samuel Adams

Most stuff called laws are not laws. Statues, codes, rules and regulations are parts of corporations. Who was harmed when someone was speeding but no one got injured? It is nothing more than a money making scheme for the corporation United States of America. It is not about ethics it is only about money. Most laws are the same as thought crime, tell me who the injured party is or what contract they are breaking, if there is none then thought or probability justice is taking place.

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