Watch A Cop is a citizen journalist initiative put forth by the North Carolina based non-profit new media organization Black Talk Media Project. Anyone can participate in this project which is an informal collective of citizens concerned about the increasing police brutality and extrajudicial killings occurring across the United States.
Watching and video taping law enforcement is a passive non-violent means to bring attention to the serious issue of police violence against citizens and non-citizens alike and perhaps assist victims in obtaining justice in criminal and civil courts.
If you are concerned about whether this activity is illegal in your state, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a state by state guide on the laws pertaining to recording phone calls. This can also be applied to video recording individuals and their activities in full view of the public. If it is against the law in your state to record in public, it should not be and a campaign to throw out those laws needs to occur. These laws help to cover up the crimes of law enforcement officers. Tape at your own risk discreetly and we can and will publish and distribute your recordings without revealing the source (you).
People should not be afraid of law enforcement officers, law enforcement officers who violate the civil rights of the people should be afraid.
If you would like to start a chapter in your city, county or state, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can We Tape State by State Guide: http://tinyurl.com/canwetape