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Taya Graham: Hello. My name is Taya Graham and welcome to the Police Accountability Report. As I never get tired of saying, this show has a single purpose; holding the politically powerful institution of policing accountable. To do so, we don't just focus on the behavior of individual cops, but go beyond the headlines to explore how the system itself, both bolsters and incentivizes the growth of policing in American life.
And today we're going to explore a growing and troubling new intersection between capitalism and law enforcement surveillance. How police are using technology to monitor us and in certain instances how we are voluntarily aiding the expansion of the power to observe us.
But before I get started, I want you watching to know that if you have evidence of police misconduct, please email it to us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. And please like, and share and comment on our videos. You know, I read your comments and appreciate them. And of course, you can always message me directly at [Tayas Baltimore 00:01:01] on Facebook or Twitter.
Okay. We've got that out of the way. Now, as we know, there has been growing concern about the use of surveillance technology by police. With the prevalence of social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, law enforcement has a variety of new ways to track what you do and how you think. But those concerns have taken on a new urgency during the uprisings across the country after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
As communities have taken to the streets to protest police brutality, structural racism, and have called for political leaders to defund policing, law enforcement has used the opportunity to show us just how easily it can track our activities and how they are willing to act upon it.
Take the case of Michael Avery. Avery, a Black Lives Matter activist can be seen here in this video being arrested by, you'll notice, men in non distinct uniforms for an unspecified crime. In fact, Avery even asked them, why are they arresting him? But the officers are tight lipped. Let's watch.
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