History Repeats Itself: The Left Embraces PLO Reasoning on Body Cams

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History Repeats Itself: The Left Embraces PLO Reasoning on Body Cams

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George Wash­ing­ton McLin­tock: Now Kather­ine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

McLin­tock! 1963

Two years ago I wrote about an inter­est­ing inci­dent in Jerusalem. It seems that the “Pales­tini­ans” were object­ing to treat­ment they claimed they were receiv­ing when vis­it­ing the Temple/​Mount area and a solu­tion was sug­gested by King Abdul­lah of Jor­dan to solve the prob­lem, Cam­eras. That way if Israel was vio­lat­ing the rights of Mus­lims vis­it­ing the 3rd holi­est site in Islam they would be caught.

To his credit then sec­re­tary of state John Kerry sup­ported the idea and after some push­back from the cab­i­net Israel’s PM Ben­jamin Netanyahu got them to go along with the plan. How­ever Pales­tini­ans who had been claim­ing oppres­sion loudly objected claim­ing it was a “Trap”. As I wrote at the time:

I don’t see how it can be a trap. After all the Pales­tini­ans have insisted that they haven’t been incit­ing any­body or smug­gling weapons or doing any­thing nasty, if they’re telling the truth how could film back­ing them up be a trap? That would be like a police office argu­ing that dash cam­eras and body cams were all about fram­ing him for some­thing he hasn’t done.

You’d think they were try­ing to hide what’s actu­ally going on or some­thing? Or as Bibi put it:

it would show where the provo­ca­tions are really com­ing from.

And as I tweeted at the time:

Well it’s two years later and with the move to make sure police are wear­ing body­cams to catch them if they try to plant evi­dence or bully harass and mur­der inno­cent sus­pects (par­tic­u­larly if they are black) now the accepted norm, I thought we have the answer to that ques­tion. How­ever said answer is appar­ently not a ques­tion of police claim­ing body cams are a “trap”, it’s the lib­eral civil rights black lives mat­ter crowd doing so:

“Unre­stricted footage review places civil rights at risk and under­mines the goals of trans­parency and account­abil­ity,” said Vanita Gupta, for­mer head of the Depart­ment of Justice’s Civil Rights Divi­sion and cur­rent head of the Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence, in the report’s introduction.

Yes you are read­ing that right. You are hear­ing a for­mer Obama “civil rights” offi­cial say­ing that cam­era footage of what actu­ally hap­pens at an arrest under­mines “trans­parency and accountability”

You see if a police offi­cer makes out his report after see­ing his video, it’s less likely that he will state an inac­cu­racy that a defense lawyer can exploit and that’s bad. After all we can’t have police giv­ing accu­rate reports that puts a crim­i­nal in dan­ger of actu­ally going to jail.

You’d think trans­parency and account­abil­ity in law enforce­ment was sup­posed to be about truth and facts but appar­ently if those recorded video­taped facts either fail to impeach the trust­wor­thi­ness of an offi­cer or help lead to the con­vic­tion of a crim­i­nal then they aren’t wel­come by those on the left who demanded them.

I wish I could say I was sur­prised by this but then again these days left has lost its capac­ity to sur­prise me anymore.

Chicago Police camera

George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

McLintock! 1963

Two years ago I wrote about an interesting incident in Jerusalem.  It seems that the “Palestinians” were objecting to treatment they claimed they were receiving when visiting the Temple/Mount area and a solution was suggested by King Abdullah of Jordan to solve the problem, Cameras.  That way if Israel was violating the rights of Muslims visiting the 3rd holiest site in Islam they would be caught.

To his credit then secretary of state John Kerry supported the idea and after some pushback from the cabinet Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu got them to go along with the plan.  However Palestinians who had been claiming oppression loudly objected claiming it was a “Trap”.  As I wrote at the time:

I don’t see how it can be a trap. After all the Palestinians have insisted that they haven’t been inciting anybody or smuggling weapons or doing anything nasty, if they’re telling the truth how could film backing them up be a trap? That would be like a police office arguing that dash cameras and body cams were all about framing him for something he hasn’t done.

You’d think they were trying to hide what’s actually going on or something?   Or as Bibi put it:

it would show where the provocations are really coming from.

And as I tweeted at the time:

Well it’s two years later and with the move to make sure police are wearing bodycams to catch them if they try to plant evidence or bully harass and murder innocent suspects (particularly if they are black) now the accepted norm, I thought we have the answer to that question. However said answer is apparently not a question of police claiming body cams are a “trap”, it’s the liberal civil rights black lives matter crowd doing so:

“Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” said Vanita Gupta, former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and current head of the Leadership Conference, in the report’s introduction.

Yes you are reading that right. You are hearing a former Obama “civil rights” official saying that camera footage of what actually happens at an arrest undermines “transparency and accountability”

You see if a police officer makes out his report after seeing his video, it’s less likely that he will state an inaccuracy that a defense lawyer can exploit and that’s bad. After all we can’t have police giving accurate reports that puts a criminal in danger of actually going to jail.

You’d think transparency and accountability in law enforcement was supposed to be about truth and facts but apparently if those recorded videotaped facts either fail to impeach the trustworthiness of an officer or help lead to the conviction of a criminal then they aren’t welcome by those on the left who demanded them.

I wish I could say I was surprised by this but then again these days left has lost its capacity to surprise me anymore.