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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 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.

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