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I just recorded police brutality in my school. What now?

Submitted by anarkiddomedia in ACAB

For some quick background, and without revealing too much, I am a high school student in MN. In my school, there's a "no recording on campus" policy, which basically grants admin a monopoly on documentation. I documented an incident which escalated to physical confrontation initiated by staff and a police officer. As I was leaving the building I saw an unmarked car with lights and sirens on pull into the school. I am part of a student union of other PoC in my building (it's a rich white school so we stick together), and I shared the clips in a google drive folder with them. What do I do now? I'm considering direct action, or filing a lawsuit against the "no recording" policy. This happened today and at the moment I'm not in school, so I don't know much else to do other than share it to everyone I know.

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DissidentRage wrote (edited )

I don't know that you'll have much luck against the "no recording" policy. Schools are quite good at shutting down conversation about altering rules. I think if you leak it they'll be able to trace it to you. Maybe try getting in contact with the ACLU to figure out legal options?

Good luck, though. I hope you can succeed with this.

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anarkiddomedia wrote

Thank you. They already know I was filming, but I'm not afraid. I was told I would not get in trouble. I think it will be worth a shot taking it to court, even if I have to get the ACLU for help.

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DissidentRage wrote

I hope you don't get in trouble for it. I would try to get something like that in writing. They can tell you that you won't get in trouble, and still create a problem for you later. But good on you through all of this. Take those fucks down a notch or three.

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ziq_neutral wrote

If they try to expel you for filming police brutality, it would be national news. I'd put it straight on youtube if it is as bad as you say it is.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

That sucks.

Depending on where you are, there might be local civil society groups, or anti-cop collectives, or journalistic outlets that are specifically appropriate to getting info on what's possible for your location. They may be able to put you in touch with lawyers who deal with stuff like this and who can tell you your options, if that's something you want to look into (if for example, you'd like the cops to have to cough up some money for damages).

I'd encourage direct action if there is something you can do that isn't likely going to endanger you. Have you had any thoughts about what you'd do?

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anarkiddomedia wrote

I've gotten followup from admin, basically telling me to not post the videos anywhere (whether I'll follow through I won't say). I've considered two routes: Having police or city pay for damages and use the money to fund legal fees for other cases against police brutality, or go full direct action and shut things down. I've got ARP poisoning and wifi deauthentication devices, stink capsules/spray and potentially a group of people to walk out with.