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[–] 1532273 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Incidents of police brutality only have the appearance of increasing. In 2015 everyone has a smartphone with a good camera, every other person has a dash cam, and social media is so ubiquitous that everybody has a platform for everything -- including platforms dedicated to video, and digital news services dedicated to capitalizing on such situations (such as HuffPo and AJ+).

10 years ago a lot of this would have gone under the rug. It's basically your word against three or four police officers who would corroborate another police officer's story, so nothing could come of it. Rodney King's beating was only actioned after the incident was both a) recorded on video b) local media picked it up after police gave it the cold shoulder. In 2015 we no longer need too much effort -- video taping is as easy as pulling out your phone and getting media attention is as easy as a YouTube upload.

Also, and this might be an unpopular opinion, but the American public in general (especially black America) went through a period of docility from ~2000 to ~2010. I'm not sure if events like 9/11 were a factor or if it was just a social wave (where social activism peaks and troughs) but it's picking up again which is why we're seeing more attention given.

The reality is that police brutality has always been a thing, sometimes rising and sometimes decreasing, but now it's something that neither police, government or media can just avoid. It's there and it's in your face whether you like it or not.

Just my 2 cents.

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[–] DanteEstonia 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think camera saturation has reached a level where it just gets caught now.

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[–] bill.lee 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think some are answering from the perspective of what they believe, but (if I'm assuming correctly) you're more curious about the root of your own belief. I think a good place to start is to consider: do you believe in coincidence? I think this is a fundamental question...an answer everyone arrives at individually and, typically, a 'yes' or 'no' response provides interesting insights. Another reason may extend from some very meager disassociation. It's nothing to complex...in the face of something seemingly traumatic and random, accrediting it to something understandable makes the trauma seem less random and (even though the solution in your scenario is a bit nefarious) solvable. The last reason (I'm sure there are many...these were just what came to my mind) may be distrust of authority. For example, I often attribute darker motives to the "powers that be" because my experiences have generally led me to question the motives of authority.

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[–] Geophro [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So you feel the same knowing it's only speculation. Not necessarily "feel the same" but wouldn't be surprised if it were true.

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[–] bill.lee 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's true, I certainly wouldn't be surprised. I think such a thing is complex...so, sometimes "conspiracy theories" take on a negative portrayal as though they are these carefully designed back room actions of a few. I don't think that's accurate and instead view these sorts of things as more mundane and implemented in a way that the parties involved don't view as evil. I often think of Edward Bernays, who truly believed that the public was just to stupid to think for themselves...they needed direction. At a minimum, I expect candidates to seize on the issue of police violence (their position dependent on the view of the base) and the climate of violence to help in polarizing the public.

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[–] nonoyesyes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The Guardian started tracking all people killed by law enforcement in the US as the FBI does not keep accurate records on this (voluntary reporting by police departments).

I think this is partially responsible for why we have been seeing so much of it lately.

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[–] Geophro [S] 3 points -3 points (+0|-3) ago 

Yeah I don't believe the acts themselves have increased. Just the media reporting. Their new uh... What's the phrase I'm looking for? Fear mongering?

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[–] Dumpsterjuice 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

Have to have something to turn the base out. Unfortunately anger is a stronger pull than logical reasoned thought.