Report: Citizens with Cameras Become Police Targets

The Orange County District Attorney has announced criminal charges against two Fullerton police officers accused of administering a beating that led to the death of a harmless, homeless schizophrenic, begging for mercy as he was held and battered inside a swarm of uniformed patrolmen. This announcement might well never have occurred if the only witnesses had been those officers, but video cameras captured enough evidence with an independent eye to support murder and other charges. And cellphone or other cameras used by citizens to record police street action, reports Reason magazine, are beginning to make those citizens attractive targets for police interference—or worse.

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