Police brutality is real - but thanks to the power of mobile phones, a lot of it these days gets exposed.
However, cops have found a new way to stop people filming them, and it's by playing music that will trigger a copyright filter.
Keep scrolling to learn more...
Right now is probably the worst time to be a police officer...
via: GettyAnd members of law enforcement here in America are now hated more than ever before.
Since George Floyd was brutally killed by a police officer...
George Floyd and his daughter, Gianna. George was a above all, a father. #fathersday https://t.co/xp9aO5z7mJ— Khaled Beydoun (@Khaled Beydoun)1592781515.0
Police brutality has been apparent for years in our country...
via: GettyAnd there's no denying that black people are targeted way more than white people.
People have decided to start fighting back amidst the Black Lives Matter movement...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
It's a difficult situation...
@Ar73Angel777 @iamsimeonb There are many good officers, just as there are many good people striving to make it ever… https://t.co/fnabj6tnlr— ♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋 (@♞ᐯ𝔞𝕄ℙ𝐲 αᶰ𝕛𝐢 💋)1591229677.0
And even though many police officers deserve to lose their jobs...
via: GettyThere is also the large population who don't at all deserve to be ridiculed and abused in the way in which they are being at the moment.
Whether that's being verbally abused in the street whilst on duty...
via: GettyOr having things thrown at a police car, this behavior towards innocent police officers isn't acceptable.
This is what makes this situation so complicated...
via: GettyIt's difficult to distinguish the police officers who are wanting to do good and make a difference from the ones who are using and abusing their power.
But thanks to the power of technology...
via: GettyVideo footage allows for bad cops to be shamed for their disgraceful behavior and for others to prove their innocence. And some of the most recent footage is extremely distressing.
Not too long ago an incident occurred in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
When Stanley Gracius was tased and hogtied by cops for cycling a bike he had just bought.
The distressing footage was taken by witnesses showing the incident happening at Walmart.
via: RedditThe first piece of footage shows Stanley wrestled to the ground by cops whilst he was near the cash register, inside the store.
He insists that he has a receipt and has paid for the bike whilst the cops ask him to put his hand behind his back.
via: RedditHe then repeatedly asked the officers to "please stop," but to no avail. Gracius is then tasered.
He repeatedly asks why he is being arrested but does not receive a response.
via: Reddit"Why are you doing this to me? I paid for my stuff! I have a receipt! Please stop! I didn't do anything wrong!"
Gracius had reportedly been testing the bike on the aisle and was not bothering anyone.
via: RedditToo Fab reported that a Twitter user tweeted stating, "The kind man was test riding a bike through the store while playing some music and telling random strangers he hopes they have a great day and complimenting them. He was absolutely no bother to anyone."
"At the register when the man was paying for the bike, the officer grabbed his hand and twisted it as he tried to forcefully arrest him. I couldn't tell you the reason." You can watch the footage here...
Thanks to mobile phones and technology...
Many instances of police brutality are now caught on camera and shared with the world via social media.
However, shocking footage has since emerged.
Depicting the way that police are finding a way to stop citizens filming them.
They're doing so by playing music.
Previously, we'd seen another officer playing Sublime's 'Santeria', apparently to trip up IG's copyright filters:https://t.co/QwJLic3sEo— でじこと Dexter Thomas (@dexdigi) February 12, 2021
Genuinely. It looks bizarre but they're doing it so that if people are filming them, it will trigger copyright filters and will be removed from social media...
The most worrying thing... is that it works.
A uniquely late-capitalist dystopian twist: Cops weaponizing over-aggressive automated music industry copyright takedowns by playing copyrighted music during arrests so activist videos of police misconduct will get flagged on social media. https://t.co/EpjieoqAq5— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) February 12, 2021
Numerous instances of this happening have been shared - with one man explaining he sent the story to multiple news agencies who couldn't share the footage because it contained copyrighted music by The Beatles.
This is seriously worrying.
update: there's a new video of *another* Beverly Hills PD officer playing music, apparently to prevent an activist from filming him.— でじこと Dexter Thomas (@dexdigi) February 12, 2021
This time, it's The Beatles. You'll probably recognize the song.https://t.co/i2HyV5mPUf
These are certainly worrying times.