published: 12 November 2014
In August people filled the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, following black teenager Michael Brown’s death by police shooting in the city.
Hundreds of protesters in New York and across the country gathered to show solidarity with protesters in St. Louis and to demand justice for Brown.
There is no footage of Brown’s murder, and many wonder—would events be unfolding differently if there were?
Police abuse in low-income communities of color is not a new phenomenon, but widespread access to technology with which to record and share such abuses is. When Eric Garner died in Staten Island after a police officer put him in a chokehold this July, a bystander filmed Garner’s death with his phone.