“people were more inclined to take video than to run”

August 14, 2012 @ 10:12 am


As the man backed down Seventh Avenue, police pepper-sprayed him six times to try and disarm him, but the man continued to threaten officers with the knife, officials said. Police said that as he neared the corner of 37th Street, he lunged at officers with the knife, forcing them to shoot him. Two officers fired a total of 12 shots, striking the man in the chest, groin, left arm and left calf.


The scene was chaotic, confusing and almost certainly dangerous. Yet many bystanders stopped to watch, record video and take photos.

And many of them quickly uploaded to YouTube.

We live in a country where smartphone penetration is over 50%: millions of HD video cameras in pockets everywhere. The implications – for journalism, for law enforcement, for better, for worse – are far-reaching.

(Via Steffen Konrath.)