A series of recent videotaped arrests is providing an unfiltered look at often physical, sometimes brutal police work, due to the broadening technology of cellphone cameras and online video viewing. Some law enforcement experts say the technology is shedding light on a long-standing if uncomfortable fact of life: Police frequently have to use force, and society and the law expect them to do so, reports USA Today.
“The cops are doing our dirty work,” says Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer and prosecutor. Some defense lawyers say the videos are giving the American public a glimpse into brutality they never knew existed.
But the videos often provide an incomplete picture of events, police and law-enforcement advocates say – sometimes failing to show the actions that led to the confrontation and a suspect’s behavior.