Friday, November 17, 2006

The Anarchist in the Library

Here in Los Angeles, cameras in mobile phones combined with the video sharing capacities of YouTube have publicized a number of high profile cases of police brutality. (A search on YouTube with the keywords "police brutality" brings up hundreds of videos from all around the world.)

This latest case was actually posted on the Wired Campus blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education. It's hard to watch as twenty-three-year-old Mostafa Tabatabainejad is repeatedly tasered for being in the UCLA library without an ID after 11PM.

Details are here from the LA Times.

Update: Since the footage appeared on YouTube, there have already been a number of remixes and classic YouTube first-person webcam commentary pieces (like this, this, and this).

UCLA's Iranian Student Group and the Muslim Students Association have been organizing large campus and street protests, but these organizations have not yet updated their websites with information or commentary about the incident. The best coverage is probably at The Daily Bruin. This blog posting includes an eyewitness account.

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Blogger bob c said...

as i watch jfk on the history channel, i hope those of tender years realize the responsability they must take to maintain the freedoms they are using. the internet and other digital media give us a voice, but they also provide an unequalled oversight of what we are doing with and to them. we must all be big brother(and sister). only then will we be safe.

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