The Inland Empire has actually been leading the way when it comes to equipping officers with cameras. Rialto was the first city to require that officers document their interactions with community members on video. The practice was the subject of a major study by the Washington DC-based Police Foundation (which also has many IE ties), which acclaimed the practice.
Much less bruited, however, were the reasons the cameras were being required--the Rialto PD had been involved in a deep scandal in which officers were taking dancers from the Spearmint Rhino to the union offices to have sex with them while on duty, among other improprieties.
Chino followed suit, and put in a million-dollar order with Arizona-based TAZER Inc., and is now requiring officers to use either a lapel camera or a Google glass-esque pair of goggles.
The question is why hasn't Riverside, one of the largest and most abusive agencies in the area, also supported bringing this accountability measure to its police department?
Some of the militants in CopWatch IE have taken up this struggle and have been strategizing intensely, gathering signatures, and are now ready to take the next step.
CopWatch IE is hosting a protest to demand that RPD wear cameras, and we invite you to join us next week!
Here is the facebook event:
Protest against Police brutality: Dear RPD, we the people demand you to wear cameras on your uniform
Wednesday, June 4at 12:00pm - 2:00pm
main and university, Riverside (infront of the Culver Center... old Occupy GA spot)
Copwatch IE is currently conducting a campaign to demand that all Inland Empire police wear video cameras on their uniform to increase accountability in cases of police violence and misconduct. Our neighbor, Rialto did just this and their complaints went down by 88%, and cases of violence went down by 60 %.
We will host a series of protests all over the Inland Empire and Riverside, we start with you.
The rally and march will begin at the old Occupy site (main and University... right in front of the Culver Center) then will march through downtown, up main st and will stop to rally in front of the RPD station. It will begin around 12 and end around 2.
Yes, this is a week day, however we wanted to hold it at a time when we will be able to get our message out to the most amount of people possible. The city buildings and courtrooms will be filled with people on their lunch break.
Let me know if you would like to speak at this event.
Please bring signs, banners, noise makers, informative flyers, megaphones and anything else you can think of that will be helpful.
If you cannot make this event due to time or location, don't worry... we will have monthly protest and one of which is sure to be at a time and place that works for you!
All are welcome! We hope to see you there :)