Text Messaging and the Police Crackdown

Democracy Now discusses how SMS and other forms of text messaging are changing the policing and protesting methods in New York at the RNC.An excerpt:If the police are beating people on a certain corner, within moments, hundreds, or thousands, of…

Aug 31, 2004

Democracy Now discusses how SMS and other forms of text messaging are changing the policing and protesting methods in New York at the RNC.

An excerpt:


If the police are beating people on a certain corner, within moments, hundreds, or thousands, of activists are getting the text messages on their phones. They’re responding to it throughout the day. Going all the way to Central Park. But the police are using sophisticated tactics. There are at least 200 police officers roaming the city that have cameras mounted on helmets that are beaming back, wirelessly, video images to the central command area they have set up called the Multi-Agency Coordination Center.