Help identify corrupt police by improving badges with QR codes on all uniforms & vehicles.
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I'm not college educated, I don't have much in the ways of grammatical skills, I'm not able to articulate much of a powerful message about these troubling times, but what I do have is this idea, and now you have it too. I sincerely hope that it could invoke serious change for the better - if you agree, I urge you to sign - and share this petition - to expand the idea, so that we can use technology to create a safer future for everyone.
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In the tense and escalating standoffs between law enforcement and protesters that have now spread to more than 100 cities in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis police custody, photos and video footage are being collected and wielded by all sides. And there is no shortage of cameras to pull from.
Law enforcement agencies have existing networks of surveillance cameras and body cameras worn by officers, as well as face- and object-recognition software.
Large retail and food chains have similar security systems and traditionally will share footage with police if it is part of an investigation. Protesters and journalists shoot their own videos, the latter often on smartphones or small cameras such as GoPros.
Facial recognition was initially designed for identity assurance and access control, to operate in controlled conditions and to confirm that a person is who they claim to be. Now cameras scan crowds, comparing every passing face to a watch list. This is of itself is plagued with difficulty.
We need to change the system in order to help stop police brutality. We've all seen the videos by now, and I'm sure you have wondered how many of these ruthless officers will be held accountable for committing these atrocious crimes, and murders against people of colour, and subsequently the peaceful protestors in recent days.
The response to protests against police brutality, shouldn't be more police brutality.
There are people, groups, and paid organizations, who are not in line with the movement, that have sabotaged powerful peaceful protests to instigate violence, further police presence and hostility. In a similar vein, not all cops are scum, but the way that their system is run needs to be modernized for the benefit of the public.
If anyone with a smart phone was able to scan a QR code (simply with their camera) that revealed the officers badge number and police history, we would:
° Be able to collectively monitor and police the law enforcement who are hired to protect us.
° Be able to easily identify police immediately during an incident and link them to the incident indefinitely even if we can't see their face.
° Prevent cases of unpunished police brutality during protests where the individual criminal police officers blend in amongst all the other officers.
° Instantly verify officer authenticity, and credentials when unsure.
° And use two of our greatest strengths in this ongoing oppressive battle - The power of the people working alongside one another and our ability to instantly share vital information online - To take action then make a change.
Police officers scan license plates everyday revealing the name of the person the vehicle is registered to along with extensive vehicle data. Officers can run a second database search using the registration name to find out things like your address, date of birth and Social Security number. This database also provides descriptive information about the owner of the vehicle, including eye colour and height, allowing them to identify you.
A license plate reader can capture license plate information and run it through the databases automatically. These scanners can run hundreds of license plate numbers in minutes, making it much easier for officers to identify stolen vehicles and their drivers.
I would like to clarify that I am not anti-police. I am anti-racial discrimination and police brutality. The police have tools and systems in place to stop violence and we should too. Body cams have helped but there is a clear need for further measures which this petition will hopefully bring about: Registered QR codes on the front and back of officer uniforms and their vehicles. Filming police brutality is already used as a tool, let's modernize it.
We need to use our phones and registered police QR codes, as tools alongside a system in place to scan officers, revealing their police identity within something like the proposed national police history database. Within this database we could report officers, their behaviour and offences along with validating videos and pictures as evidence. All to more accurately portray and police our local law enforcement
It should also be noted that I don't necessarily advocate for officers civilian identity to be easily accessible or shared through their personal QR code. This could potentially put good people and their family at risk.
Rather I am advocating for a unique identifier linking to their police ID number and other relevant info, all accessible within a secure portal. This would of course require a national database of police history among many other factors to be determined as we move forward with this cause.
I truly believe that this system would be a step in the right direction when it comes to the betterment of the collective consciousness of the police, but also change how we as a people (armed with smartphones) view them, quite literally.
With so many people having access to smart phones, not only could crooked cops be dealt with swiftly, but it could serve to drive out the others who would know that they could easily be filmed and identified by any smart phone from a distance.
This is but one small step in what needs to be done to change the system for the better and the people it serves.
Thank you for everything that you are doing to make the world a better place!
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