Atlanta PD Ignore Lawsuit to Censor Their Misdeeds

Two years ago Atlanta resident Felecia Anderson heard a commotion outside her home and went to investigate. Seeing a group of individuals beating a man on the ground she retrieved her camera and filmed the incident. The aggressors spotted her, acquired her camera and deleted the content. Then they levied upon Anderson a ransom. The police were made aware of the incident yet thus far no one has been held accountable. Why? The rights-violators were wearing badges.

Gerald Weber, who’s representing Anderson in a suit against Atlanta PD, notes that the case has been stagnant since December, 2009.From Weber:

If the City is truly interested in transparency and accountability; they should compensate Ms. Anderson and fully investigate the officers responsible for violating her constitutional rights

Should we be surprised? That’s what happens when the same people who do the misdeeds investigate themselves. And it’s why we should not grant other arbitrary authority based on their place of employment.

Just this year Atlanta PD was ordered to pay $40,000 settlement to East Atlanta Copwatch activists when their right to film was impeded. This is the kind of accountability that you get when there’s no competition. Would you visit a grocery store that was known for brutalizing its clients?

Do you want to pay men to beat up other people? To delete footage of their misdeeds? To shelter themselves from responsibility through language like “sovereign immunity?” It’s not about getting a civilian review board or other “reforms” – it’s about changing the institution so that the current perverse incentives are eliminated.

Thanks to Lance Weber for passing along this info about Anderson.

More:
APD Grabs More Cameras of Citizen-Monitors, and Earns Another Lawsuit by the Southern Center for Human Rights
Justice Without the State by Bruce Benson
Learn Austrian Economics by Tom Woods [list of resources]
Police Brutality Rally in Atlanta from Liberty On Tour
“Atlanta” tag on CopBlock.org

Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.