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Commentary :: Human Rights
Video Camera people WANTED
26 Oct 2004
Anyone with a video camera especialy those that can film in darkness such as many Sony cameras.
Find a relatively safe and idealy hidden location above the crowds where you can capture on film Police Violence and Police Crime.

If it were not for one man and a video camera Rodney King would have never been believed. Find a good location a head of time. Try a second floor window or balcony. Maintane a low profile or the Police will merely carry out their violence around the corner. Film without a spot light or hoopla.

Lansdown st, Kenmore square, Faneuil Hall, near any Boston Colleges or Univ. Be prepared the video is mightier than the gun.

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Re: Video Camera people WANTED
27 Oct 2004
this is a great idea. also when filming events like this, it is good to work with an affinity group. It is especially useful to have three people in the following three positions:
1. cameraperson (I think this is obvious)
2. lookout (someone to help catch important things on tape)
3. runner (someone to run off with videotape, run for more batteries or film, etc).
Re: Video Camera people WANTED
27 Oct 2004
This is a great constructive idea! I hope there are a lot of responses.

Some suggestions.....
For the camera person.... The goal is to document what is happening for later use by persons who may not be familiar with the area being filmed so try and take a wide shot to establish where you are. zoom in on the suspected ill behavior. realize that police policy technically requires officers to treat anyone with significant injuries resulting from an officers use of force. In a crowd control situation this is sometimes impractical.

Lookouts...... you are the back up for the camera man. The camera mans attention is focused on the point of interest and you must be watching the camerapersons back. Tonight you are going to see an overwelming presence of police probably within feet of eachother. If you see an officer break away from the established position attacking an individual that is abnormal for crowd control duty more than likely something interesting would occur.

Runners..... you will have the most dangerous job having to negotiate the crowd. Don't box yourself in where there maybe a rowdy crowd. If you are directly told to do something by an officer by all means do what the officer says or risk an outcome that one of you friends should film.

Don't do anything illega,l Just observe and record noting date and time. there is a state law that does not allow for audio recording But I think there is a Public speach exception to this. I am not sure of this. If things do get rough make sure you take care of you own wellbeing before the camera or tape.

take video of the police videographers which will be helpful if any legal action need be taken you can request the police tape. if i think of anything else Ill post it.

bob gorman
ret cop
Re: Video Camera people WANTED
27 Oct 2004
at northeastern in 2002 when the patriots won the first superbowl there were students filming the riots....there was no police brutality because there were no cops. But the students posted the video on the web and the university used it to ID the kids causing trouble and arrested them. the students that made the video also were disciplined by the university instigating chaos, as did the girl that flashed the crowd. so try not to focus in on any faces that are causing trouble because it could backfire
I would like to volunteer.
27 Oct 2004
I am familiar with filming activities like this, and I have a grast video camera.