When it comes to justice, there are few things that are black and white; most often, we are forced to wade through endless gray matter. In the case of Michael Brown, the lines are blurred by conflicting stories, racial tensions, and the tragedy of a life lost. We are confronted with a case that has the whole nation engaged and fighting to end police brutality.

 

In today’s world, we are constantly connected and bombarded with the opinions of the masses. Social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are ways for the average citizen to make their opinion on the matter heard. In Ferguson’s case, the masses are crying for safety from the people who are supposed to be protecting us. Dozens of tweets roll in every minute weighing in on the issue. The hashtag #NMOS14 was used to gather people for a national moment of silence for Michael Brown. Social media is used to spread messages like this one, rallying people to come together and be heard.

 

Hundreds of police brutality incident have been caught on film using cell phones.

Hundreds of police brutality incident have been caught on film using cell phones.

Besides social media, we also have the ability to capture these moments using cells phones. In the past year, incidents of police brutality have been caught on film by average citizens. An example of this happened to Marlene Pinnock, a women who was pulled over and then brutality assaulted on the side of a highway in California. The incident of her assault was caught on tape by people driving by. Incidents like this one are not singular, just a simple search on YouTube of “police brutality” results in over 355,000 hits.

 

One has to wonder what kind of effect this will have on the future of police training and arrests. Will we see a change in how police handle these kinds of situations? Or will we continue to have public outcries without any solutions?

 

Some say the solution to this is the use of cameras worn by policemen. The use of these cameras would allow for a third-party view of situations between policemen and citizens. One department in California, which has been testing the cameras, has shown a dramatic decrease in force used by police and a drop in complaints from citizens.

 

We can only hope the added visibility to incidents of police brutality by use of cell phones, social media, and cameras, will lower the number of incidents.

 

Do you think technology and social media can help stop police brutality? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below or find me on Twitter @whatsthesich