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Is the Online Surveillance of Black Teenagers the New Stop-And-Frisk?

With so much footage coming out these days showing officers’ use of force, it’s easy for the general public to think that police brutality is on the rise. But is it really, or are we just seeing more use of force — justified or not — because so many people have access to smartphones and police officers are using more dashboard and body cameras?

John Whitehead, a constitutional law and human rights attorney who founded the civil liberties nonprofit Rutherford Institute, says the inappropriate use of force by cops is not only on the rise, but it’s a “huge crisis” that people are “starting to wake up to.”