The White House has a website where anyone can post a petition, and then signatures are collected in support of that petition. (it's at petitions.whitehouse.gov)
There are many videos on youtube.com showing policemen in action. Many of them show policemen doing bad things. Not surprisingly, there are many instances of police punishing people for making videos, even though courts have held that people have the right to make them. The particular video that inspired me to create this petition is here:
This ends badly, but what the cops did wrong was to handcuff a person who did nothing to warrant it.
I want to let you know about this petition, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by July 31, 2013, the White House will review it and respond.
You can view and sign the petition here: http://wh.gov/lcE6q
We ask the U.S. government to:
Ensure that the people have the right to create videos of police in action, and not be punished for doing that.
In recent years there have been numerous instances of police mistreating people because they were making video records of police in action. These videos need to be made, to expose police who behave in a non-professional manner. It's important to protect the people who make videos of police behavior. If you are unsure about this issue, search for "videos of police brutality" on youtube.com.