Coming soon: An app to report police brutality

Reporting police brutality could just be a swipe away.
That's the motivation behind SWAT, a new app designed by college students Joe Gruenbaum and Brandon Anderson to counter excessive uses of force by police officers.

The app, which its creators would like to release by spring, will give witnesses of a police incident the ability to live-stream video from their smartphones to SWAT's secure servers. Once a video is on the servers, the team at SWAT can forward a copy to authorities, protecting witness recordings from possible destruction or seizure during the incident.

This might sound illegal, but it isn't. While some states have implemented restrictions on public audio recordings (most notably Illinois), no state in the U.S. prohibits recording video of the police in a public place.

"Something like a million criminal cases are compromised each year in the United States because people don't know their rights when it comes to their interactions with the police," Gruenbaum said in an interview with CNN. "And that includes the right to record the police."

The live-streaming function is step one of the SWAT process. In addition to recording secure video, a SWAT user will be able to file a police report in seconds. The app will generate a form, send the report to a nearby department with proper jurisdiction, and provide users with a summary of their local rights. "We want to make sure that people understand completely their protections, constitutionally and legally, when they're interacting with the police," Gruenbaum said.

The inspiration for the app comes from what happened in Ferguson, Missouri this year, as well as from Anderson's personal experience. A former U.S. Army satellite engineer, Anderson told CNN his partner died from injuries sustained during a confrontation with police.

"I lost my partner to police brutality, and the cops got away with it because of a lack of evidence," Anderson said.
Anderson became a civil rights activist working with organizations such as the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice.

He helped organize a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Gruenbaum reached out to him after seeing one of his Facebook posts: their first conversation sparked a philosophical dialogue and eventually a strong friendship.
"We had very intense debates...concerning race, racial politics, and spaces of discourse for people of color," Gruenbaum reflected. "Then Ferguson happened."
"It turned into a conversation about solutions," Anderson said. "We saw a we invented SWAT."

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    Where, then, do the skilled craftsmen, stand?

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    Oh, what are we to do? Everybody wants a super dooper office job!

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    Science and Math, these do have their advantages and advanced studies, but most college students avoid these for easy, dumbed down courses. Just recently a 1950's literacy test, which was given to poor blacks in the south and written on a 5th grade level, necessary to qualify to vote, was taken by Harvard students: All failed the test.

    Recent California Teacher graduates, with now fresh four year degree's, were given 10th grade proficiency tests; 80% failed and of that 80%, 75% were minorities. Seems minorities are given degrees not earned.

    A chemistry professor at Pitt. University was called in to the Dean's office and questioned, why he was failing so many students and the majority of minorities (i.e. black students). He replied that they simply, failed the test. He was warned that he will henceforth, pass, these students with a C or better, so that they can remain eligible for financial assistance and further studies; the Dean exclaimed, they do not need chemistry in their life or necessary disciplines anyways.

    And we could go on and on. Recently, one of the co-authors of "Common Core" admitted publicly that the new program was formulated to eliminated "white privilege"; meaning, none of the efforts to close the academic gap with minorities has worked, so then now, this program is made to "dumb down" white students to the level of the other low performers, i.e. minorities.

    The SAT and ACT's were dumbed down three times, as reported in the New York Times," several years ago", admitting that the tests were made to "accommodate minorities and women" who perform below the standards of white and Asian males.

    Even respectable degrees are rife with dumbed down subjects and texts. In the medical field, the pharmaceutical companies finance the textbooks, making sure they only teach to the idea of what addresses the symtoms, not the cures. Real natural medicine, protocols, etc, are all suppressed. Dr. Joel Wallach, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the reason for Cystic Fibrosis in newborns (lack of two minerals during pregnancy) was given 48 hours to clear out of his office and desk; ; he was told we pay you to find solutions and treatment for the symptoms, not a cure.

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    Good luck America:

    How does it go ??

    'You are either for Me or Against Me, and I will vomit the lukewarm from my mouth.' - and good men did nothing, now we are raising a generation of men who are emasculated, effeminate, sissy's, or the opposite, filthy and gross brutes, both lacking any civilized understanding or education. America has what is coming for its "lukewarm" and cowardly actions.


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