Scott Olson, Getty Images.
Acclaimed photojournalist Scott Olson was arrested in Ferguson this afternoon. He is the photog behind some of the most iconic images to come out of the 9 days of civil unrest that have followed the police shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teen. [Previously]
FBI Director James Comey told reporters that “viral video effect” (which is his latest term for what used to be called the “Ferguson effect”) is responsible for increased violent crime in some US cities, in that police are scared to do their jobs because they might end up on Youtube in an unflattering video.
Ferguson’s cops aren’t just notorious for being an invading domestic military force: long before that, they were notorious for “failure to comply” arrests, where (mostly brown) people who were minding their own businesses were arrested for refusing to show ID, move along, or following other orders from uniformed officers.
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