When Filming the Police, Expect Brutality
Note to self — When filming police interactions, always assume some form of brutality is going on (or is about to happen) & keep filming.
While shooting footage on Spring Break at Miami Beach, I stumbled upon some police officers trying to get a drunk guy off the beach. Apparently he was bothering the tourists. I stupidly assumed (since I couldn’t see what i was filming due to the sun) that no police brutality was being captured… That this was a routine police thing, since it was in broad daylight surrounded by witnesses, and clearly cameras were being pointed in their direction.
I literally thought in my head, “Yeah I know I can’t really see what I’m filming but surely nothing interesting — and especially no police brutality — is going on right now.”
So I stopped recording based on that thought lmao
But when i got home, I noticed that just as I cut I ended up filming... police brutality!
Of COURSE, I did 🤦🤦🤦
If there’s a police interaction, and a camera is pointed in that direction, the likelihood you’ll be filming some form of state-sanctioned brutality is actually quite high.