On organizing against police violence: Mobilization is not enough

By Ajamu Nangwaya

The following actions are offered as a path to organizing the community against police violence and they ought to be executed as part of an integrated and comprehensive approach:

1. Form local community-controlled organizations that organize, educate and mobilize against police violence. In the past, we have neglected to organize local communities and equip them with the knowledge, skills, attitude and material resources to tackle police violence.

2. Develop "Know Your Rights" educational programmes so that the members of the community are aware of the full range of their rights and the information that they can legally withhold from the police. Often-times members of our communities consent to the search of their person and possession as well as give the police personal information out of ignorance of the dictates of the law.

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3. Organize Copwatch programmes that visually record the interaction of the police with members of the community. The Black Panther Party was the originator of the practice of observing and recording the action of the police. We should acquire the audio-visual resources to document acts of police violence. The negative reaction of many cops to being filmed interacting with the public is an indication that they might have something to conceal from us.

4. Create smart phone applications that record acts of police violence. The New York Civil Liberties Union has created a "stop and frisk" phone application that films police action, alerts users to the location of an incident of police violence and generates a survey to document the details of the contact with the police.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2013/08/on-organizing-against-police-violence-mobilization-not-enough

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Cop Watch Video Recorder app is now available

The Cop Watch Toronto app provides the easiest way to create and upload videos about police-citizen interactions. Download on App Store
Settings are available to have the app begin recording as soon as it is launched, and to upload video to YouTube automatically. The app also provides some handy reference material concerning your right to shoot these videos. Now available on App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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