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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 mmntech on 7/14/2009 5:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
A vary valid point boobot. It seems society is obsessed with dividing itself further and politicians on the so called "left" are more than happy to accept and embrace it without question as a form of "multiculturalism."

I'm going to play devil's advocate here. I'm always suspicious of minorities who were "doing nothing" accuse the police of brutality. Are there racist cops? Most certainly. Are the bad cops? Yep, definitely. However, I think of it this way. A cop that deliberately hassles an innocent minority is probably going to loose his job, loose any severance pay, loose all respect from his co-workers, have a black mark on his employment records and thus find it difficult to get hired again, and will probably get sued by the victim. Simply put, even if you don't like blacks and you're a cop, deliberately singling them out is now worth it. It's not 1960s Alabama anymore. Most likely the people getting "hassled" were involved in some sort of criminal activity, either past or present. Of course this is why police forces need to hire more minority officers to patrol specific areas so there are no excuses. They can accuse them of selling out but they can't drag them in front of the human rights kangaroo courts.

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