The dramatic increase in public awareness of police excessive force and killings is due to the proliferation of Internet-linked cameras following technological advance and to new forms of association due to social media, not due to an increase in police excessive force and killings.
There have been police excessive force and killings with impunity for thousands of years. But the new integration of phone and camera technology has made these killings visible, and has made it possible for citizens to respond in coordinated ways to police excessive force and killings.
Now police excessive force and killings cannot occur with impunity. This change has been the dream of reformers for millennia.
Technology has brought us to a new point with the age-old question, Quis custodiet ipsos custodies? Who will guard these guardians?
There have always been police excessive force and killings. Now we can see more of them, and react in appropriate ways that protect the rights of citizens.
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