Copwatch

Synopsis: Shows "Cop watchers" dedicated to bringing awareness to their community and exposing police brutality/harassment. They are legally recording/documenting each arrest but often find themselves to be the victims of chaos.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Camilla Hall
Production: Gunpowder & Sky
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
56%
Year:
2017
95 min
4 Views

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Ramsey has just been arrested

for filming the police.

Back up.

Why are you standing

in front of the camera?

Sir, you've got to get...

Get back on that sidewalk. Go back

over there and film over there.

They haven't told me

why am I being arrested.

This is my mom's name, Emily.

This was actually my first tattoo.

I remember I was told,

I wouldn't be able to get tattoos

unless it was my mom's name.

So, I went behind my mom's back

for Mother's Day

and got her name tattooed, and since then,

I've just been addicted to it.

Eyes of a dead man.

A part of my life where

I felt like I didn't have no soul,

I didn't have no heart

and everything was cold around me.

This is actually a victim

to the police brutality and stuff.

This signified how cops were killing us.

Ex gang-member, Ramsey Orta,

faces years in jail.

It all started when he shot

a video of his friend, Eric Garner,

being stopped by undercover officers

on suspicion of selling

untaxed cigarettes.

For what? Every time you see me,

you want to mess with me.

I'm tired of it. It stops today.

This guy right here is forcibly

trying to lock somebody up.

That day changed my life.

I wish it didn't have to happen this way.

Don't touch me, please.

Do not touch me.

- Why are they doing that to him?

- Damn, man.

All right, he's down.

Lift your hands, buddy.

Put your hands behind your head.

I can't breathe!

I can't breathe!

I can't breathe!

I can't breathe!

Officer had his knee

on Eric's neck like this.

And basically holding him down,

trying to restrain him,

while other officers was twisting his arm.

I can't breathe.

I can't breathe!

Everybody back up. Back up.

Watching it now, it's like... It hurts.

I get goosebumps,

'cause I feel like I could've done

a lot more

than just stand there and videotape.

He can't breathe.

They don't even try to take

the cuffs of him and give him CPR.

They don't even try to put

an oxygen mask over his face.

I mean, they just left him there.

Laying on his side, with his eyes

rolled back and his mouth open.

And I'm like, "I killed him."

Back up.

I was here watching the whole shit.

You watched everything.

You know everything.

I couldn't believe it at first,

and then...

I went home and took a shower

and it hit me like,

"Damn, they just killed my friend."

Two days after a New York City grand jury

cleared a white police officer

in the choke hold death

of an unarmed black man,

the protests are growing larger

and spreading across the country...

Ramsey's video triggered

demonstrations across America.

I can't breathe!

Hundreds shut down

major highways in multiple cities.

For many,

including the city's medical adviser,

this was a homicide caught on camera.

I can't breathe!

Summer, 2016.

Ramsey's video has still

not led to any arrests.

But it has inspired a network of people

who use technology to watch the police.

They're taking on the largest force

in America,

the NYPD.

Brooklyn, New York City.

Dennis Flores is a government employee

by day.

By night, he runs a team

that intercepts police radio

to film arrests as they happen.

342 tenth Street.

Can you check if that's

between third and fourth Avenue?

Let's roll with it.

We want to deter police abuse.

So, if our cameras are out there,

it's going to help prevent it

'cause they know

there's extra eyes on them.

These cameras are bad-cop repellent.

While it's legal to film the police,

Dennis has been arrested dozens of times.

Sometimes aggressively.

So, these cops came,

grabbed me, handcuffed me,

and then body-slammed me here,

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