“I’m requesting these records for doing my own analysis for picking videos to request,” the man wrote in an email obtained by The Seattle Times.
Later, he told me, “I just wanted to watch and let other people watch footage.”In most parts of the world, such a demand would be met by a polite refusal.
Cellphone footage from a passerby, however, showed the officer shooting Scott in the back and then apparently planting the Taser on his body.
The officer was charged with murder, and a bill requiring police body cameras is now working its way through South Carolina’s legislature.
Considering that most clips are at least 10 minutes long, [email protected]’s demand represented thousands of person-years, and hundreds of millions of dollars, of work.