Hopefully murder and riots ain't the harbinger of the new year

Yeah, so even not paying attention to news, the moose is aware of the Oakland riots, and the murder by police which set them off. Which, due to the magical interweb, can be seen below, if you so choose.

(Warning: is basically footage of a dude being executed by cops. Not like unbearable graphic or anything, but, y’know, real.)

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Particularly interesting is the reaction of passengers/witnesses throughout, and immediately afterwards. The swift transition from baying for action to shock and horror.

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I guess the vaguely positive interesting angle out of this is that of participatory panopticon/citizen surveillance – ubiquitous technology has the power to change things – this is one of four different videos taken by members of the public who were present that have surfaced so far, which have largely caused the riots, as there is no need to wait for an official inquiry, people can see for themselves that the action was totally unjustifiable.

One Response to “Hopefully murder and riots ain't the harbinger of the new year”

  1.   michael
    January 11th, 2009 | 9:50 am

    Ack.