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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 mdogs444 on 7/14/2009 10:56:05 AM , Rating: 3
Well, one recent incident comes to mind...

The NAACP came to Michael Vick's defense to claim he was the victim of society, being banned because he's black, and deserves to be reinstated immediately with charges dropped.

If that doesn't backup my claims of being the victim, using the race card, and claiming him to be a black target....then I don't know what does.

RE: Equality but division
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2009 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 3
It was Sharpton or Jackson recently who at Michael Jackson's funeral told one of his family members that he didn't deserve all the legal trouble he had for sleeping with young boys. Basically came off as saying he only was tried because he was black. Both of those guys are deplorable and major NAACP figures.

I love it in today's america
White guy beats up a white guy - assault
Black guy beats up a black guy - assault
Black guy beats up a white guy - assault
White guy beats up a black guy - hate crime + harsher punishment

RE: Equality but division
By 67STANG on 7/14/2009 12:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
Michael Jackson was white when he was in legal trouble (for a predominately white crime, FTW!).

Anyhow, completely agree about Sharpton and Jackson (can't forget Farrakhan too). These guys are basically relics that are to the black culture what David Duke is to the white culture. Their spoken word is audible vomit and constant preaching of double standards is sickening. I was kind of hoping when we elected a black president, these guys would go away... guess not.

As for the NAACP, an exclusive group that looks to advance (1) race over others... what can we relate that to?

RE: Equality but division
By ImEmmittSmith on 7/14/2009 3:49:29 PM , Rating: 2
The sooner these publicity hound individuals fade away the sooner people of all colors will begin to heal. Is there still true racism? Sure, but as the generations pass, they will soon learn to embrace each other without a color distinction. When I was a teenager(70's), it was looked down upon to date or marry someone other than your skin color. But, in the past 30 years, look how society has changed. It will continue to change if leaders like Bill Cosby continue to teach/preach to take responsibility. Having sucessful black Americans like Obama, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell have helped to change the old sterotypes. Soon, we will just learn to look up to just AMERICANs here in America, not just because of their skin color or ethnicity.
Sometimes we forget how young our country is and for such a young country, we have socially evloved so rapidly in such a short period of time. This is not the final frontier!

RE: Equality but division
By room200 on 7/14/2009 6:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
That's an absolute outright lie. The president of the Atlanta NAACP's exact quote was "We feel that whatever the courts demand as a punishment for what he has done, once he has paid his debt to society, then he should be treated like any other person in the NFL." He did NOT call for him not to be charged. If you're going to argue a point, then at least, don't lie about it.

Furthermore, he made the point that Vick was treated more harshly than if he'd actually killed someone. Players from all the sports of every race have done far worse things to other HUMAN BEINGS that got less punishment than Vick. Make no mistake about it, Vick is a criminal, and I don't even like him, but he would have gotten less punishment from the NFL if he'd killed someone while driving drunk.

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