1991 was the most important year of my life. It was transformation, it was inspirational, and it was traumatic-in every imaginable way. It was the year of the VIDEO CAMERA!
At the time, I was very angry. Many people were angry over Rodney King but I was angry over Latasha Harlins. Witnessing a women only receiving probation and a $500 fine for shooting a girl in the back infuriated me. What pissed me off even more was that she was appointed by Pete Wilson, the governor of California, who would later spearhead the famous 3-Strikes Law. I was confused, I was upset but more importantly I didn’t know what to do with my anger.
It was at this time that I had finally figured out a riddle to one of my favorite rap songs. It was Funk and Lesson by Xclan. The song came out in 1990 but there was a lyric that kept living inside my head “The pull of the trigger goes zoom not boom.” For the life of me, I could not figure out a devise that went zoom while simultaneously being more powerful than a gun. It was at my darkest hour that I finally figure out the riddle to the rhyme…..It was a CAMERA.
25 years later, we have a new chapter in Video Surveillance. It’s called the Body-Camera. After recently filming all the interviews for UpRoxx’s mini-documentary series entitled “LAPD & Body Cameras,” I have fully realized how manipulative and powerful videos can be. There is no doubt in my mind that the sequence of events that took place in 1991 and 1992 were purposely orchestrated to incite a riot. The media’s repetitive showing of Latasha getting shot and Rodney getting beat along with the lack of justice in the Judaical system created a hostile environment for violence. Similarly I believe the current slate of Police Brutality videos on social media is also igniting a hostel environment that ultimately will lead to a federalize military police ran by the DOJ.
For example, my intuition believes that the boyfriend being shot in the car, was scripted. This girlfriend, who shot the video, created the perfect scene. Noticed how calm she is while describing the scene perfectly with a trigger finger officer going ballistic. Notice how the Officer is completely silent while she has a chance to introduce the scene. Notice how the Officer identity is perfectly concealed while we see a gun pointed at the victim. Notice how after the officer says his lines “I told him not reach for it” the reported goes back into her narrative ..I can’t believe that your shot my boyfriend.” Why is everything in 3rd person and not 1st person. “Why did you do this to him?” “Please don’t tell me he is dead” “Please don’t tell me that he is gone” Who talks like that while somebody is dying. Doesn’t this person have a name. Also why is he reaching for his ID and registration when she is the one who is driving. I wonder if the car is even registered in his name. And finally, look how perfect the camera is when she is supposedly walking backwards. I am a veteran cameraman and it would be hard for me to perfectly record that scene in one take.
These are just my thoughts. I have no conclusive evidence. This is just my opinion. But I trust my instincts and my instincts tell me that this video is perfectly scripted.