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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 FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 10:03:29 AM , Rating: 2
Your intelligence faded after your first sentence.

They don't have the right to commit assault. They do have the right though to subdue someone who's resisting arrest. If someone resists arrest they can't beat the crap out out of them but they can do what's required to get the guy in cuffs and into the back of the patrol car.

They can only enter a residence with a warrant or if there is valid suspicion or evidence that someone is hurt, in trouble, or a crime is being committed.

When have you ever heard of a cop committing an act of vandalism?

And what privacy rights do they illegally violate? If they want to search you they either ask you permission or can do so if there's reason to believe you have something illegal on you. Same goes for your car. Other than that, what is there?

And how do they violate your Fifth Amendment right? They read you your rights when you're arrested and you don't have to say or do anything until you have a lawyer. You sacrifice your liberty though when you break the law. As far as your property, unless you have something illegal that they can confiscate as evidence (or your legal property is evidence in a crime but that is returned afterwards), please tell me how they take your property.

As far as the article, it is disgusting. As others have said, minority groups continue to tell us there are differences in us and drive a wedge between those of different race. These groups do far more to encourage racism than any single ignorant person ever can.

RE: Equality but division
By room200 on 7/14/2009 10:24:38 AM , Rating: 5
When have you ever heard of a cop committing an act of vandalism?

When I was stopped by a Chicago police officer and he snatched all of my items out of my trunk and threw them on the ground. He then proceeded to remove the back seats from my NEW CAR and left them on the street. All of this while I'm standing there being humiliated and helpless. He then drove off and left me and all of my stuff on the ground. Luckily, as the assistant principal of a school, I knew the commander very well. He was pretty shocked as I was talking to his commander as he walked into the room. What was I guilty of? Nothing. Then one of the first things he asked me when he started screaming at me to "get my ass out of the car", was do I work and where did I get the car. Some of you may have blind faith in police officers and the criminal justice system in general (and I've tried), but my experiences with them prevent me from doing the same.

RE: Equality but division
By callmeroy on 7/14/2009 10:48:12 AM , Rating: 5
There's a little rule on a popular game forum I post to regular when people make outrageous or otherwise unlikely claims....folks will go "screenshot or it didn't happen".

A game is hardly serious...but in a very serious issue as police abuse issues , unless there is physical evidence or at least video --- the incident can't be taken as legitimate, simply because too much is at stake.

Most of cases reported as "abuse" are citizens not understanding either their rights or the rights of what law enforcement are entitled to.

Police can search your vehicle and remove items from it -- so long as they have probable cause.

There's no law about being an asshole either -- its just when cops do it, it fires people up more because of the authority they have, and lets be honest because they are one of few people legally allowed to walk around with a loaded weapon in plain view of everyone and its socially accepted.

Furthermore, cops are permitted by law, and furthermore trained to do so, exert the amount of force needed to secure the safety of any bystanders and the officer him/herself. Equal force is to be used.

This is where the line blurrs between abuse of power and law. Police are to use good judgment probably more than your average job requires. If a cop bruises a criminal, doesn't mean the criminal was abused. If a cop hits a criminal, it doesn't mean it was abuse.

But, because of the times we live in everyone views abuse as anything above the cop being very polite when it comes to words or anything beyond a soft touch when it comes to actions.

Does this mean I woulnd't have been pissed if what happend to you happened to me -- hell no, i'd be fuming.

Why? Because I'm a human being and as such can get emotional.

RE: Equality but division
By FITCamaro on 7/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: Equality but division
By room200 on 7/14/2009 1:35:04 PM , Rating: 3
I have very little faith in our justice system. Is it because the laws are flawed? No. It is because of liberal judges and scum bag attorneys who seek to make a profit off the suffering of others or by keeping criminals out of jail.

Please stop throwing the word "liberal" around. It doesn't really mean anything. And if you're going to make the point that not all police officers are the same (with which I agree), stop throwing all lawyers into the same category. You can't have it both ways.

As far as your story. Perhaps it happened. There will always be bad cops though. Should anyone though view all cops with disgust for the actions of the few? No. I treat any cop who I encounter with respect. They put their ass on the line every day. Their spouses and families don't know if they're coming home every night. If for nothing else, for that they deserve respect. So I will always give a police officer the benefit of the doubt when police abuse cases come up.

"Perhaps" it happened? This is exactly the same statement many people give even after they've watched abuse on video. It's almost they have to convince themselves that police officers couldn't POSSIBLY have done something wrong. It's also the same thing said by someone who has never been the victim of police abuse, and exactly the statement that comes from someone without the knowledge and somes the concern of what other people go through on a daily basis.

For all we know you were speeding down the interstate, weaving in and out of cars. And as the other guy said, cops have the right to search vehicles. Yes they should do it with respect if the person has done nothing wrong. But also as he said, there's no law about being a jerk. They're out there. And the vast majority of them aren't cops.

Not actually. I was on a side street about to hit the expressway, and did not receive a ticket for anything. Besides, this particular street is single lane with so many potholes, anyone would be a fool to drive HALF the speed limit. It's about more than being a jerk, it's about a person treating another human being as less than. It's about trying to make that other person feel humiliated. I guess if you've never felt it, there aren't any words I can use to describe to you the feeling.

RE: Equality but division
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 2:24:25 PM , Rating: 1
I guess if you've never felt it, there aren't any words I can use to describe to you the feeling.

You really don't wanna go there.

RE: Equality but division
By Maxima2k2se on 7/14/2009 3:53:56 PM , Rating: 4
Our current president did the same to me the other day. I was minding my own business walking up to the ATM like I always do on Monday mornings when I heard this voice of change. I turned and looked saw our Messiah. He took my wallet from me and forced me to give him my PIN. Then he took the max amount that he could from my account and started passing out $20 bills to people walking by the whole time screaming share the wealth.

I can make up stories to :) Or is this reality? Honestly I cant tell anymore but I call BS on yours.

RE: Equality but division
By room200 on 7/14/2009 6:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's easier for you to live in denial, than to face what other people have to live every day. that way, you don't have to think.

RE: Equality but division
By Parhel on 7/14/2009 6:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
Where do you live where you would doubt a story like that??? At least in Illinois, getting harassed by the police is commonplace. I've had nearly the exact same thing happen to me several times. Basically, you get pulled over for a either something minor, or just for being young and driving a beater. The cops then proceed to search your car, tearing it apart and tossing your stuff on the side of the road. It hasn't to me since I turned 25 or so, but before that I'd bet it happened three or four times.

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