There’s a familiar cycle emerging when it comes to violent encounters between police and civilians: a hastily shot cell phone video—or maybe dashboard camera footage—goes viral immediately. A hashtag is born, and whether it’s Michael Brown or Philando Castile, we go on to encounter that video countless times throughout the news cycle.
Now, users can even sign onto platforms like Facebook Live to broadcast any number of events in their lives, including violent encounters. Earlier this year, a teenaged girl was raped by a Facebook user broadcasting the assault live—and several viewers failed to call the police.
”It reinforces stereotypes…and it’s something that doesn’t go away,” he says. “When you see members of a community being shot by each other sometimes, but in particular by law enforcement, it sends a very chilling effect.”
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