In the Picture
In August 2012 a shooting took place on Times Square in New York City. The police obstructed a man who was smoking weed in public. The man got aggressive and started making a scene, the police followed him and held him under fire. The police received backup and the pursuit halted at the corner of W 47 Street and Seventh Avenue, near Times Square. For some reason this confrontation got further out of hand and the police shot him. The man died.
Only hours after the shooting YouTube got flooded by camera footage of this incident. In this footage you could also see a huge number of other people filming and/or commenting on the incident right as it took place. Here’s one of the clips.
<p>NYPD shoot and kill man near Times Square New York August 11,2012 (by <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m90Tbknnk5A&feature=share”>paul1usa</a>)</p>
The behaviour of the crowd reminded me on a campagne of the Black Panther Party. In their Police the Police campagne they followed patrol officers on their duty to check if the officers weren’t crossing any ethical borders. They did this to protect the black community from police brutality, which is something that happened quite a lot those days. The YouTube clips of today have the same monitoring potential as the Police the Police campaign but do these filmers utilize this potential? In my painting you can also see the security camera’s of the police/security companies. Do these developments benefit our society?