A COVID‑19 vaccine is a vaccine
Ghana has launched a vaccination campaign against the novel corona virus disease days after taking delivery of the historic first shipment of the COVAX vaccines. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo together with his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo received the first shots of the vaccine.Mar 2, 2021
Anybody who has read this site over the years should know that police departments throughout the country will protect their own bad cops before protecting the good citizens of their communities despite the laughable rhetoric that they are only out to protect and serve.
By "bad," we mean cops who abuse, intimidate and lie as they destroy innocent lives.
By "good," we mean citizens willing to stand up for their Constitutional rights.
But we have only been scratching at the surface of the toxic nature that permeates police culture by focusing mostly on the violent cops captured in viral videos. Incidents once described by police as "isolated" before the videos became daily occurrences, surfacing on any number of sites at any given time, exposing a systemic pattern of policing that is more about control and dominance than about safety and protection.
As I explain in the above video, our plan for 2021 is to expand our mission of Little Brother Watching Big Brother by building a national database of bad cops who destroy lives through their lies on the witness stand, sending innocent people to prison with the help of ambitious prosecutors who withhold evidence that would benefit the defendant.
But we're going to need your help in doing that because we're going to need foot soldiers in every state and county to obtain the public records from local prosecutors that includes the names of these dirty cops.
These cops are known as "Brady list" cops, a term that stems from the 1963 Supreme Court case, Brady vs. Maryland, that states prosecutors must disclose the names of dirty cops to defendants whose fate lies in their testimony in order to ensure due process – something they rarely do.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, these cops have "histories of falsifying reports, fabricating or tampering with evidence, lying on the witness stand, coercing witnesses, brutalizing people, accruing misconduct lawsuits or complaints, blatant racism, and more," so they are no different than the cops we've been writing about all these years.
Our plan is to create a series of educational videos that will teach readers how to obtain these public records from local prosecutors. We will then add the names to the database which would be accessible to the general public.
By making the names of these dirty cops public, we can help protect innocent people from dirty cops. Otherwise, they will continue sending innocent people to prison.
Joining the project is Jeffrey Gray of Honor Your Oath whose First Amendment audits on YouTube have inspired countless camera-wielding activists to launch their own YouTube channels.
Also joining is Jacob Crawford who co-founded We Copwatch in 2000, a national organization dedicated to educating citizens about their right to record cops in public. Between the three of us, we have more than 50 years of holding police accountable.
This is a project that has been years in the planning but we're launching it now because it was only last month that we completed all the paperwork to be approved for accepting tax-deductible donations through a fiscal sponsorship, allowing us to operate as a 501 (c) (3) until we become one ourselves.
Operating the site as a non-profit will allow us to produce more quality journalism because we will have the time to produce such journalism. Operating under a for-profit business model where we are dependent solely on ad revenue has become impossible due to social media platforms that restrict our reach to our readership.