Story: Nori Nori
No one wants to become a hashtag, no family wants to get the call that their loved one is no longer alive and no one wants to find out that their loved one died at the hands of a police officer.
Officers are the communities sworn protectors but in recent years we have seen a influx of police brutality, police retaliation and police misconduct. We can not pretend that this is not happening and we can not be silent. What we can do is observe, record and report. I spoke with Jacob Crawford, the founder of www.wecopwatch.org and Executive Producer of the Tribeca Film Festival feature documentary ‘COPWATCH’.
We spoke about the importance of real community policing and what would America be like if the community actively policed the police. We spoke about the movement in Ferguson and how community members have equipped themselves with body cams to protect and document their interactions during encounters with law enforcement.
This is not to say that all police are bad. This is to say that all citizens to be protected; black, white, latino, etc. will not tolerate racist corrupt cops. WeCopWatch.org is watching and exposing the bad apples and holding law enforcement accountable. Copwatch follows the true, raw and uncut story of Ramsey Orta the young man that filmed the fatal video of Eric Garner. Garner was a Stantan Island man that was put into a deadly chokehold an outlawed practice while he was selling goods in the neighborhood. He died on the side walk pleading to cops, ‘I can’t breathe”. Ramsey Orta the community member that filmed the tragic last minutes of Eric Garners life is currently incarcerated on alleged trumped up charges by the police. He maintains that he is innocent and that police planted a gun on him in retaliation for recording the now viral video of the death of Eric Garner. The film Copwatch makes its premiere here at the Tribeca Film Festival competing in the documentary competition. Support Ramsey Orta by writing and or send money via us postal order only.
Ramsey Orta, 16A4200
Franklin Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953-0010