Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Citizen Video Journalists bring Police to account

How video is playing a useful role in bringing a violent police officer to account. When Ian Tomlinson died during the G20 protests in London after being struck by police, it was a video caputured on a phone which exposed police lies and deceit.

Most of the video evidence passed to the CPS was collected by members of the public on cameras or mobile phones.

"Over 190 premises were visited during a CCTV trawl. This resulted in footage being obtained from more than 220 cameras. In addition, police footage has been reviewed, including that taken from police evidence gatherers and the police helicopter, as well as footage from people's mobile phones and cameras. This amounted to over 1,200 hours of footage, which has been reviewed by a dedicated team of IPCC investigators."
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When Tomlinson left his newspaper stand (where he worked)outside Monument tube station to walk home, he could never have imagined he would be the subject of the next edition's frontpage. The following morning the Evening Standard, which he had sold to commuters in for years, reported his death under the headline: "Police pelted with bricks as they help dying man".- it was total lies. Police put out false information about the death
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