The Era of Police Brutality Videos


By Summa Aholo

Through Social media we have seen the prevalence of police brutality on the black and minority communities. Before the mass amount of video of the slayings of unarmed minorities, many people would disregard the staggering numbers of police brutality as myth or exaggeration. However, it is just as prevalent now as it was a decade ago, the difference being that we now catch everything with our mobile phones.

Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Walter Scott. These black men were shot by police, all were unarmed and all were caught on tape and went viral on social media.

The growing movement of violent social media video has shed light on a very dark, often overlooked and underreported subject: The lack of response to police brutality against minorities.

The new era of the violent social media video is taking the world by storm. Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and many others were high profile cases because they were captured on video, and distributed through social media.  With these graphic videos has come some positive changes, the police now are required to wear body cameras, trying to be more transparent in a world where there is a growing distrust of police. However, the way the media portrays the content is sowing more discord between the police and the public. According to pew research 81 percent of police thing that the media treats them unfairly. When media outlets portray these violent images they often do not tell the whole story which can sway the masses in the wrong way.

With the good comes the bad, Facebook live just became active April 6th 2016 and there has been many horrible graphic videos of people murdering their children, raping of girls, and people committing suicide all while streaming live for the world to see. This phenomenon is so disturbing and makes one wonder if we should be policing internet content more closely.

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UNT Eagle Strategies

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