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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 Chemical Chris on 7/14/2009 6:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
Heres a funny story about the police 'protecting and serving':
From my friends belcony, we watched 4 guys beat the living crap out of a guy beside a busy 4 lane city street in Ottawa, at around 4pm. After beating on him for 15-20min, they picked him up and threw him onto the road, then walked away, with not a sign of any police whatsoever, and none showing up later either.
About a week later, we were in the dog park across the street, trying to catch my friends dog (a puggle, so small and harmless), as it was barking and being a puppy, generally. Since this was ~midnight, someone complained about the noise, and 4 cruisers and 7 cops showed up within 10minutes, telling us to catch the dog and shut it up. Since no one was sober, the dog was easily able to evade capture. At one point an officer told my friend (the dogs 'mom') that we could either shut it up right now or he was going to shoot it. She then flipped out on him (rightfully so), but we managed to catch the dog and part ways without the cops further abusing their power.
To 'defend' police in general, I will say that some of the other officers on scene weren't dicks, and if it had just been the cop who made the threat Im sure he would have arrested us and made up a fake charge, as his word will be taken above ours.
I dont see this as in issue only for minorities; me and most of my friends are mostly white as can be, and we are affected by it. Dont get caught up in the fact thats its the NAACP, although I think it would have been better if it was sponsored by the ACLU, as that wouldnt bring up the issue of race, as this isnt a race issue.
And what do we teach kids about cops? I was told if I was ever lost/in trouble to go to a cop, as they will make sure Im safe. But also, we are told not to taddle-tale (snitch), which seems to be preparing us for or adult activities with the cops.
I have also been arrested because a pretty blond girl said I pushed her; I didnt, and this was born out in court, but I shouldnt have even been charged in the first place, and only was because Im a guy (With evil long hair, no less), and she was a pretty blond girl. So the discrimination leveled at me cost me $6500 to defend myself.
Remember, "The law is powerless to help help you, not hurt you" - Chief Wiggum
and
"Question Authority" - Tim Leary

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RE: Equality but division
By ice456789 on 7/14/2009 10:09:43 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Heres a funny story about the police 'protecting and serving': From my friends belcony, we watched 4 guys beat the living crap out of a guy beside a busy 4 lane city street in Ottawa, at around 4pm. After beating on him for 15-20min, they picked him up and threw him onto the road, then walked away, with not a sign of any police whatsoever, and none showing up later either.
Why is that story funny? Did YOU call the police? Did you tell the guys to stop it? Did you try to help? Or did you and your friends just sit there and watch the beating for 20 minutes and have a good laugh? Since you were a witness to the entire 20 minute throttling, I'm sure you filed a report, right? Since it lasted 20 minutes I'm sure you have pictures and probably video evidence. And after the thugs left you helped the man who was beaten off the street and to a hospital right? Would you have done something if those 4 men were beating up your friend's small harmless puggle instead of an outmatched, defenseless human being?

And this is your example of the police not doing THEIR civic duty?


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