Organized by: Mallory Moore
My name is Mallory. I am a white girl from the New Orleans suburbs. In the past few days, I’ve been wondering what I can do with all this anger I feel about black men being killed by police officers. This campaign is my effort to purchase police scanners and ship them to communities where police are killing black men at rates higher than the national homicide rate. This is the best way I can think of to honor Mr. Alton Sterling and Mr. Philando Castile. I hope you will help me.
I think one of the reasons I am so angry is that I saw the cell phone videos of police shooting Mr. Sterling and the moments immediately following Mr. Castile being shot. I watched those men die.
The videos made all the difference in my awareness. I’m woke. And I'm remorseful and ashamed that it took so long.
One of the lessons from Baton Rouge is that body cameras only work if the police are wearing them. Maybe third party documentation of police interactions is an important link in the chain to ending this.
To get the video, though, someone has to be there.
Not many people have access to police scanners. With this technology, it’s possible to know when police are interacting with a black man in a given community. And then the possibility of being there becomes exponentially more achievable.
The Mapping Police Violence website tells us that police are killing black men at rates higher than the national homicide rate in 17 of the country’s 100 largest cities. I want activists and volunteers in those communities to have police scanners. I believe the more documentation we have of unacceptable aggression by law enforcement, the more pressure we can bring to bear on those with power to make it stop, especially the police officers whose behavior is being documented. Scanners can be an important tool for enhancing mobilization.
Police scanner pricing varies a great deal, and different communities will require different technology to be effective. I am setting a fundraising goal of $6,000. I think this amount will cover the costs of purchasing 17 high quality scanners, which might be as much as $300 each, and shipping them to committed volunteers in those communities.
I want to emphasize that I intend for the technology to be used responsibly. While the fundraising campaign is underway, I will be researching the ways I can ensure that scanners will be used only for these purposes and that use of recording equipment around police is done safely and responsibly.
The videos made all the difference this week in getting the nation’s attention. But the nation doesn’t know the whole story. We need to keep telling this story until the killing stops. Will you help me?