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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: Men on Film
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/14/2009 9:42:03 AM , Rating: 2
Remember, governments are evil, though necessary.

And that's at its best!

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." -Thomas Paine

Do you think Thomas Paine would ever look to his government for "hope"?

The irony of the last 4th... all the dependents celebrating independence day.

RE: Men on Film
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 10:08:02 AM , Rating: 1
The irony of the last 4th... all the dependents celebrating independence day.

Seriously. I actually thought about that this 4th of July. About how we're supposed to be celebrating our independence but the general majority theme of our government at the moment is dependence.

RE: Men on Film
By rcc on 7/14/2009 1:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
I've got to admit, I got a bit tweaked when Obama and crowd decided that Independence Day needed to share time with Sesame Street.

I was listening from the next room, and it was like "WHAT did he just say.

Perhaps I'm oversensitive about such things, but c'mon.

RE: Men on Film
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 2:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
What is this? I must have missed it.

RE: Men on Film
By JohnnyCNote on 7/14/2009 3:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
What is this? I must have missed it.

You can't miss something that didn't happen:

"A Capitol Fourth 2009 - Independence Day Concert

This year at A CAPITOL FOURTH, as a special treat for the entire family, Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the SESAME STREET gang will be on hand to celebrate America’s 233rd birthday. The Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites, as well as iconic songs that everyone knows and loves from 40 years of the breakthrough children’s television series."

In other words, all that happened was characters from Sesame Street participated in the 2009 Independence Day celebration in Washington. A simple Google search is all it takes.

However, when one is predisposed to ascribed the worst possible intentions to Pres. Obama, all the facts in the world are of little value . . .

RE: Men on Film
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 3:38:32 PM , Rating: 2

Actually I think he's referring to this.

Celebrating his first Independence Day as President, Obama asks all Americans to honor those who created a new form of government and to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals for which so many have given so much. He also marks another special moment in our nation's history with a congratulatory message to the breakthrough children's television series, Sesame Street, who are also celebrating a milestone, 40 years of fun and learning!

I agree. Why would you bring up Sesame Street?

RE: Men on Film
By Parhel on 7/14/2009 4:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you bring up Sesame Street?

Did you read the article you linked to? He was speaking on a PBS special featuring the Muppets. Is any further explanation necessary here?

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