A new law in North Carolina could block the release of body camera footage from the Keith Lamont Scott shooting. The law states that police departments choose whether or not to release the footage, and that the public can gain access only with a court order.
Notice the hypocrisy. Whenever we get arrested, that information becomes public. Our names are printed in the newspaper, our faces are often displayed on television, and the records remain in a public database for an eternity – preventing us from getting jobs and social assistance.
The police are public servants. Their interactions with the public should be accessible to the public. No debating. The rejection of this only demonstrates that the police are not servants to the public, but that the public are servants to the police. The rejection of this only demonstrates that the police operate as a secretive, totalitarian institution that stands over the public.
And that power imbalance is exactly why folks are protesting.