By Raj Jayadev
(this article was originally published by New America Media and is re-posted here with the author’s permission)
A few months back, I wrote an article called “Copwatch 2.0”. It was about the shooting death of Oscar Grant by law enforcement, the fact that the act was shown on YouTube, and how our internet cutlure has changed the landscape of police accountability.
I think the San Jose Police Officers Association just read the title because based on their recent Internet postings, they have their own ideas of what happens to police accountability in a hyper-communications era. They feel that if activists are using new media to expose what they feel is police abuse – posting videos and blogs of civilians getting tased, beaten, or otherwise mistreated – cops can create their own media as well. Read the rest of this entry »