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Police vs. YouTube: The fight for body cam footage

Police vs. YouTube: The fight for body cam footage
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"To Serve and Protect" is the motto on many police cars in the country. But recently, the actions of some police officers have controversial, and calls have been made to better guard and protect the civilians under their care.

In response, some cops on the beat now wear body cameras to record their entire shifts, much like a dash cam in their patrol cars.  these body cams seem to have done some good by showing irrefutable evidence instead of "he said, she said" situations in court.

But now, one anonymous YouTube account holder has decided to push the envelope on police transparency and the public's privacy. The account is called "Police Video Requests" and currently features 75 police body cam videos.

The videos include "a bicyclist being pulled over because police thought he might have stolen his bike, police responding to reports of men with knives, break-ins, gasoline theft, car accidents, people being tased for not obeying police instructions, assaults, a mud slide, drug use, and an emergency phone call about a woman going into labor."

It all seems like pretty standard stuff. But there's one big problem with these videos, and one that the Seattle, Washington, chief of police says will take three years to rectify.

What's the problem with transparency, you ask?

Next page: Click here to find out why these videos on YouTube could be hurting more than they're helping. 
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