I had an interesting conversation last week with a fellow protester at Occupy San Diego. We were standing in front of a dozen or so SDPD officers trying to come up with ways to discourage the police from brutalizing our oh-so-peaceful brothers and sisters.
At the time, I was holding a sign that read “Hey SDPD: When your grand kids ask who you supported during the revolution, which side do you want to tell them you were on?” The sign also included a link to Occupy Police, a website where police nationwide join the 99% in our revolution and spread the message to other officers.
We wondered how many police officers, the ones that had wrongly committed violence, would actually go home and tell their wife or kids what they had done. How many were actually proud of that fact and would want to tell their family and friends? Probably not many.
An idea came out of that conversation. A grand idea, in my humble opinion.
Every single person reading this has Googled themselves at some point, or least have had their names Googled by someone else. I know there are times when I have been bored and Googled my family, just to see what information would show up.
My grandparents served honorably in the military. I would be ashamed if I had Googled their names and found that they were accused of beating prisoners or were involved in other acts of that nature.
That is where I would like to step in. I want to create a database of videos that detail police brutality around the United States. I want to get proof of the officers’ involvement and tie their names to those videos. I want those videos to go viral and embed themselves within the unforgetting and unforgiving brain of the Internet.
Five years down the road, or ten, or fifty. Their names will be Googled for a number of reasons. Nobody wants to be tied to this brutality. Standing tall in their riot gear, guns at the ready, many police believe they can hide behind their badge anonymously.
I want the police to know that in this day and age, that cannot happen.
I will not let that happen.
The next time police officers are preparing to commit violent acts against peaceful protesters, I sure hope they think twice. Not to save themselves from the embarrassment, but to save their family and friends from it.