Police Videos: Are the Shooters Witnesses or Journalists?
from Columbia Journalism Review
Feidin Santana recorded the horrific video in South Carolina of a police officer shooting eight times at fleeing suspect Walter Scott and then leaving him to die. In a not too distant past, the media might have considered Santana a source, a witness to a newsworthy event who turned over crucial information. But the fact that he recorded a video changes everything, not just about how justice might be served, but about the fundamental if overlooked question of whether Santana is serving in the role of journalist.
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