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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: Or.....
By Parhel on 7/14/2009 9:23:32 AM , Rating: 1
Well, that is what they're doing . . . reporting crimes committed by police officers in their community. I'm from Chicago, so maybe I see this issue differently than some here, but all too often the police are criminals.

RE: Or.....
By mdogs444 on 7/14/2009 9:27:17 AM , Rating: 2
I'm from Chicago, so maybe I see this issue differently than some here, but all too often the police are criminals.

Thats not everywhere. It just happens to be that you people in Chicago are the ones who keep voting criminals INTO OFFICE! I lived there for 4 years from 03-07, when Daley was mayor, Obama was in the State Senate, and had the city/state running rampant with corruption for their own personal interests.

I've left since, but nothing there has changed. The police aren't the criminals....the public officials voted into office are.

RE: Or.....
By PhoenixKnight on 7/14/2009 10:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
Chicago politicians are the masters of voter fraud. Hell, they practically wrote the book on voter fraud. The most senior and powerful of our alderman like to constantly change their districts to ensure that they encompass neighborhoods of people who will vote for them, generally apathetic upper-class people.

RE: Or.....
By killerroach on 7/14/2009 10:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
You know what they say, "the problem with political jokes is all too often they get elected."

Different urban areas have differing views toward the police, though. I used to live in East Cleveland, and never got the same vibe of outright hatred toward the police that I hear from people in Chicago or (even worse) LA. Suspicion, sure, but a bit of suspicion is healthy, whereas outright hostility toward law enforcement usually turns an area into a haven for criminals in no time.

RE: Or.....
By mdogs444 on 7/14/2009 10:16:04 AM , Rating: 2
Oh trust me, I know about east Cleveland. My father was a fireman in Collinwood (152nd & St. Claire I think). Anyone who actually tries to convince the public that the police are responsible for the problems in those neighborhoods will get nothing but laughed at.

RE: Or.....
By Parhel on 7/14/2009 1:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
I lived there for 4 years from 03-07, when Daley was mayor, Obama was in the State Senate, and had the city/state running rampant with corruption for their own personal interests.

Daley, sure. But Obama? The state senate is a nothing job with zero political influence. He did that to pad his resume, and everyone bought into it. It isn't even a full time job.

During the elections, I once challenged a group of about 15 fellow Chicagoans to name one member of the Illinois state senate. Not one person could do it. Obama was never a player in Illinois politics. He jumped straight from an entry level position with no power to Congress.

I wanted to like Obama, but I disagree with his policies and voted against him. But don't try to pin what's wrong with Illinois on the man. If for no other reason than not to distract people from the real criminals like Blagojevich or the incompetents like Stroger.

RE: Or.....
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 10:10:47 AM , Rating: 2
Agree with mdogs. Can you keep your criminals in your own state and not send them to Washington please?

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