One day historians will look back on this period in American life, in which something like a sea opened up to reveal profound problems between police and citizens, and they will attribute the parting of the murk to the mass marketing of small video cameras. The cameras have revealed what most people refused to believe. They empowered citizens. They forced the country into a painful but necessary self-examination.
It seems like an obvious, almost mundane thing to say, but video technology in the hands of citizens might be the single most important social force in the country today.
Key words: In the hands of citizens.
Police dash-cams, body cams and Taser cams will play a...