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Exclusive: Cops Turn Off Body Cams Before Killing Man – Witnesses Watch them Plant Gun, Drugs. Columbus, MS – On the night of October 16, Ricky Ball, 26, was shot and killed by officers of the Columbus Police Department (CPD). Beyond this fact, the official story is hotly disputed by family and community members, who say that one cop had it out for Ricky and maliciously ended his life that night. There are several questionable circumstances surrounding the case, which is now in the hands of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the FBI.

The Free Thought Project has been in contact with someone in the community who was close to Ricky, but has chosen to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from police. As the ‘official’ story goes, Ball was a passenger in a vehicle on Oct. 16 which was pulled over by the three cops for “careless driving, no light above the license plate and lack of insurance.” Ball fled the scene but was chased down and shot, and then collapsed about a block and a half away from the traffic stop. San Diego Cops Keep Forgetting to Turn Their Body Cameras On Before Killing People. San Diego, CA — All patrol officers employed by the San Diego Police Department are now required to carry body cameras – but they avoid falling prey to the dreaded “YouTube Effect” by simply refusing to activate them when they could be of greatest use. On two occasions during the past six months, police officers in San Diego have “failed” to activate their body cameras during incidents that eventually led to lethal force.

This has led the department to revise its policy to require officers to activate their cameras “before traffic stops, field interviews, detentions, arrests, and any other `enforcement related contacts’ – as long as it’s safe to do so,” reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The “safety” exception, however, offers wide latitude for officers to avoid recording potentially lethal encounters.

That request offers a powerful, if tacit, indictment of the discipline and professionalism of the San Diego PD’s rank and file. New App from ACLU to Help People Who Record Police. How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook. Cop Making False Arrest is Forced to Let His Victim Go After Noticing a Citizen Filming.

Atlanta, GA — A video posted to YouTube this week illustrates the power of holding police accountable with video. In the last few years, smartphones have become cheaper and more plentiful. According to recent statistics, the number of cellphones in the hands of Americans has been rising steadily every year. It is estimated that 182.6 million Americans will own a smartphone in 2015, an increase from 163.9 million in the previous year. 182 million smartphones means that nearly every adult in the country has a camera in their pocket. Since the increase in smartphones, there has also been an increase in police brutality videos.

While the answer to this question is up for debate, one thing is certain — the number of police brutality allegations being substantiated by video has increased. The camera is power as it is a means of exposing unacceptable behavior — and police are beginning to understand its power. According to Ford: This video right here proves why you should ALWAYS FILM THE POLICE. The Power of Filming Cops: Nearly Half of All NYPD Brutality Claims are Now Being Proven by Video. New York, NY — In the last few years, smartphones have become cheaper and more plentiful. According to recent statistics, the number of cellphones in the hands of Americans has been rising steadily every year. It is estimated that 182.6 million Americans will own a smartphone in 2015, an increase from 163.9 million in the previous year. 182 million smartphones means that nearly every adult in the country has a camera in their pocket.

Since the increase in smartphones, there has also been an increase in police brutality videos. This increase in videos led to the question of whether brutality is on the rise or merely that the frequency of filming the instances has risen. While the answer to this question is up for debate, one thing is certain — the number of police brutality allegations being substantiated by video has increased.

This increase is an 11% jump from 2014 alone. The death was even ruled a homicide due to “compression of neck, chest and positioning during restraint by police.” Legislation that Fines Cops $15,000 for Interfering with Citizens who Film Them, Passes House. Denver, CO — A recently proposed bill in Colorado imposing legal penalties on police officers who interfere with citizens filming them could soon become law.

The state’s House Of Representatives passed the bill this week, and it will now move on to vote in the Senate. If it becomes law, the bill would reportedly require police officers to have someone’s consent or a warrant to physically take or destroy a persons camera or footage. If an officer violates this law, the victim would then be able to seek damages up to $15,000 plus attorney fees. This would also be the first law in the country that would guarantee civil damages to people who have their recording rights violated by police.

After passing in the House on Wednesday, Colorado House Bill 15-1290 will now make its way to the Senate for a final vote. According to 7 News Denver, Rep. “It takes a very special person to be a police officer,” Salazar said. Know Your Rights: Photographers. Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply. Learn more » Your rights as a photographer: When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view.

Using the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights: Photographers” resource, HitRecord – a collaborative artist production company – produced an animated video about the right to photograph in public, featuring music by the Gregory Brothers and directed by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt: If you are stopped or detained for taking photographs: Always remain polite and never physically resist a police officer. Police Disabling Their Own Voice Recorders. This is not a surprise: The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed last year. The antennas, which are mounted onto individual patrol cars, receive recorded audio captured from an officer’s belt-worn transmitter.

The transmitter is designed to capture an officer’s voice and transmit the recording to the car itself for storage. The voice recorders are part of a video camera system that is mounted in a front-facing camera on the patrol car. Both elements are activated any time the car’s emergency lights and sirens are turned on, but they can also be activated manually.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an LAPD investigation determined that around half of the 80 patrol cars in one South LA division were missing antennas as of last summer, and an additional 10 antennas were unaccounted for.