CopWatch IE protest for lapel cameras

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Ever since the numbers came in from Rialto, this idea of police cameras has been intriguing us. Some folks love the idea and think all cops should be filmed at all times, which is understandable. Others have brought up concerns about police and their cameras being used for extrajudicial surveillance, an intrusion on the right to due process. Others have questioned where the demand for cameras comes from. In Rialto it was certainly the result of scandal, and taken advantage of by shrewd police politickers.

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Riverside sheriffs shoot at (and miss) Rolando Soto, 28

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As is normally the case, the details of the situation are not clear, but it does appear that the officer in question, a Riverside sheriff's deputy, discharged his or her firearm. There is nothing to indicate that the robbery that Soto is being accused of involved weapons of any kind, so one must certainly question the use of (potentially) lethal force against someone who was fleeing.

Here's a link to the Press-Enterprise article:

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RPD strikes and injures blind man with cruiser

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What was it, about a year ago that an RPD officer struck an elderly woman who was crossing the street in the Casablanca neighborhood? And now we have another officer-involved collision, this time with a blind man? These officers for as much as they talk about "public safety," continue to reveal their hypocrisy every time they injure another community member through their negligence. We don't have much information here, but we will be posting as more becomes available.

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