In an interview with Voice of America following the fatal police shootings of African-American men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, Sam Walker argued that a “digital revolution” is reshaping public attitudes about police misconduct. Before the proliferation of cell phone cameras, many white Americans refused to believe that police misconduct, including shootings and beatings, was as bad as it is. But new new visual evidence of incidents in the two recent shootings provides disturbing evidence that is hard to ignore. The communications revolution really began with the videotape recording of Los Angeles police officers repeatedly beating Rodney King on March 3, 1991. The broadcast of the recording had a profound impact on public awareness of police brutality. Digital cameras have only accelerated the revolution.

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