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have to ever deal with the man who raped them ever again. >> that tickles. there is a murder. >> oh man! >> freeze, what did you see? a few seconds of video or a cop dragging a black man down a hall. easy to jump into conclusions if this clip went viral. lets rewind the scene and play it back from beginning to end. >> he's holding a female inside.
>> he's off his medication. >> so apparently the man was very aggressive with the woman. >> you are not in trouble. we are going to take you to the hospital. watching the entire scene makes things a little clear, right? >> listen, we are going to take you to the hospital. this incident and many others in the future maybe captured by police body cameras. have a seat up there for us. initiative by law enforcement to protect the public and themselves by putting the city under surveillance. >> this is our third eye. ♪ philadelphia police department is allowing us an inside look. >> can you find the crime center and see if they can pull anything up in our cameras. technology is changing the way cops do their job. >> no, no, that's a gun. of a time of intense public
scrutiny. you cannot deny the role the video plays. >> they're real and ugly and you cannot ignore them. >> what does law and order looked like when everyone is under the lens? >> everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions, police officers as well as members of the public. ♪ this is philadelphia. on january 7th, the security camera on the streets captured a
gruesome crime that slashed across the news. this is cnn breaking news, it is coming to us from philadelphia where someone pulled the trigger 13 times. >> allegedly trying to kill a police officer. >> the entire thing was caught on crystal clear surveillance video. because the camera witnessed it all, the nation got a front row seat to the horror and a sneak peek into a wired philly. [ sirens ] >> you should know when you come to philadelphia, you could be watched. there are over 4,000 cameras here that the city has access to. they are everywhere. so it seems that in the city of brotherly love, big brother maybe watching. it is part of a new mandate to modern siize the police departm and it starts here at the realtime crime center where a vast network of camera feed
streaming all over town. >> wow, so futuristic. >> do you often catch live crime happening? we do. >> when robbery or burglary or rape in progress, we get that information and you know we go to where we have the camera. when the officers responded the call, we'll try to get awareness as to what's going on in the scene. >> do you think people are really cognizant of the fact that they -- they could be being watched? >> interesting question. sometimes they do. our cameras are clearly marked and they have a police patch on them, we know that they are there and they know that they are there. >> the entire system is made up of not only city cameras but local businesses and septa. this is one of the cameras. you can see he's able to do 360
or you can go up or down or zoom in and out. >> this is recorded. >> yes, this is recorded. people walking on the streets have no reasons of expectations of privacy. after the 30 days the images that we have recorded are wiped cleaned. the only reason that's kept longer is if there is a criminal case that we need to look at. >> request for footage follow the rules and trying to stop your ex-girlfriend is not tolerated. for cops spending a lifetime of criminal justice, the future is now. >> i didn't have cell phone when i became a cop. >> no, i did not think anything like this would exist. you have to investigate a crime. it helps us do our jobs better. the criminals are smarter today and they use the technology that we use. we have to stay one step ahead of what they are doing. philly is not alone in its high-tech ambitions.
cities like new york, los angeles, and chicago have also placed their streets under watch. the ground work for philadelphia digital was laid out by charles ramsey who upon entering officer 2008 noticed several alarming trends. >> tell me about the state of affairs when you inherited police department. crime was on the rise and philadelphia while it was dropping in many cities, the year before i came, it became close to 400 murders. there were areas where we were behind the curve of technology, quite a bit behind the curve. >> ramsey administration got to work. upgrading his force to the 21st century and in 2012, the rtcc went live. >> how is the reception from the community about deploying thousand of cameras throughout the city? >> we have not gotten a lot of push back and around cameras and
fact of anything that people want us to have more cameras out there and including valuable cameras. i think that's appropriate. everyone is held accountable for their actions, police officers as well as the public. the body warn camera program is a response to a nationwide public out cry for transparency and accountability. >> fuel by a wave of violent police officers caught on video and gone viral for the world toll see. >> i am going to shoot you. >> i will shoot you. >> oh! >> with successful prosecution from officers few and far between. public outrage have grown and demanding answers from a force that's meant to protect and serve. >> not a week goes by when we don't hear about officers-involved shootings and police brutality of some sort. to what do you attribute that?
many fingers are pointing to the race issue. >> race in america is an issue. you cannot ignore it. bias exists everywhere. what we have to do is root it out. there are some video that is clearly shows that an officer's actions were inappropriate and in some cases it is criminal. if every cop was a real cop or a abusing authorities, believe me, you have more than a few officers to show every night. but, we cannot afford to have any not do the job properly. one shooting that is long and inappropriate and unjustified and could have been handled another way is one too many. >> the hope is that police worn body cameras will capture a complete record of an arrest justifying, show a force or proviing them excessive.
>> late 2014, one of the most violent neighborhoods in philly was chosen for the body camera pilot program. the 22nd district which recorded 117 shooting victims that year. >> these are the police body cameras. >> these are the taser exxon. >> this is officer mcfadden. the man in charge of getting the body cameras running up here. >> they place it on a clip like this is in operation and you will hear two beeps, that means the camera is operating. >> so the cameras don't stay on an eight hour shift. >> do police officer havs have announce that it is recorded? >> we do announce it.
if you are outside, there is no reason for ex pepectation of privacy and you can and it cannot be filmed. >> we are not allowed to show actual body camera footage in action. they made an exception for demo purposes so we can see the quality of the video. >> you put it on the station and it will load to the cloud. >> are you ready? >> this is a video that they'll see. >> the camera don't stay on for 18-hour shift. >> you can see we are talking right here and we have the room and you in the video and pretty clear audio. >> this is the future for philadelphia and probably much of the country. >> yes, it is. >> all right, testing role call. >> of the 6,100 cops in philadelphia, the next 72 hours,
they're seeing the experience in action. >> few things come frg the wein west, this is firearm and iphone. >> i always have a thing for crime fighting. 30-year-old officer montanez had been wearing his shield for ten years. a calling he was drawn to from an early age >> what was your perception as a kid? >> cops are always nice and waved at me and i remember my journal entry, what do you want to be when you grow up? >> a peace officer. >> the reality of a job is no game. >> everyday montanez has to put his life on the line despite the concerns of his family. >> my 7-year-old, she looks up to me, she knows i am a police officer and she knows i help people. >> how about your partner and
girlfriend, how does she feel about the job? >> she's -- i guess she has mixed emotions and she knows that i love what do and she loves that. >> for montanez, it is a love of passion. >> workplace safety takes on a new meaning with bullets and guns. >> there is a lot of people that -- just because what they see in the media, they hate cops. with that, i have to have my head and making sure that my back is clear and so as my partner. >> make sure you return and return safely. fallout. clipses and a refreshing taste that's always stayed the same. creatively inspired. artfully brewed. blue moon. new biwhat are we gonna do?ys... how about we pump more into promotions? ♪
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tonight montanez partner with officer matthew. >> how did you guys feel when you heard that you would be wearing cameras? >> i felt good. we try to do everything suited to act like we are on camera anyway. when they asked the volunteers, we were the first ones to have tier to wear them. >> i was skeptical at first, i
didn't want to be responsible for another piece of equipment and restroom and eating and on my phone. >> how has it been? >> it is a good tool. it helps us. it changes for the better, i believe, because this is our third eye. someone can say well, you know you beat me and you did this to me or that. when they review the camera, it is all on here. you cannot lie. >> cameras don't lie. >> last year there are over 12,000 offenses in the city including aggravated assaults and rape and murder. along with montanez and mathis, we are taking every precaution. they're part of a tactical unit, which means -- about how many
calls do you respond to a night on average? >> on average night, i would say maybe about ten or on a busy night, up to 20 or more. >> yeah, you get a lot of crimes and shootings and stabbings. >> we'll get about five calls a night. >> five? that's a lot. >> in 2015 there is a total of 1200 shootings. that's an average of three a day. these cops are ready to respond. >> so a woman is getting harassed. >> yeah. >> guys, just hang on, right? moo wh when answering a call, officers know a single disagreement can spiral out of control quickly. watch it right here.
>> is he high? >> he was drinking. stand back, stand back. >> let meggett off. >> i want to be safe. let me go my way. i don't want to get locked up. >> no. you just smacked me in my face. excuse me. >> she's pregnant with my child. she's pregnant with my child. >> yes, sir, yes, sir. >> search of weapons turned out nothing. >> you know i am done. >> so that's it? >> the couple decides to go their separate ways declining to press charges. for officers, calls like this it is just another day at the office. >> officer, how dangerous is this? >> i can give each corner and i can tell you a story of something that happened here in the last ten years.
it is a shame but it is the world that we live in. >> we are on the night shifts when violent crimes reach their peak. >>. >> is that close to where we are? >> there are several squad cars at the scene as officers rush in. this call is not quite what it seems. >> what happened, why did you call? >> why did you see somebody with a gun. >> you said they were arguing but everything is good now? >> the kid called just because -- he said he wanted to. >> hey, buddy, you know you cannot call 911 unless you really need it, okay? it is only for emergencies.
>> that must be frustrating when you get prank kalcalls like tha. does it happen often? >> it happens often. but i rather take prank calls than anybody with a gun. >> that's our number one priority. the reality is many cops don't know what kind of situation they respond to when they answer to a call. gun violence is a major problem in philly and it hits close to home in the 22nd district. officer robert wilson was killed in a gunfire exchange. it is a reminder for the force to always be alert and on guards. >> you have to be cautious and what is it like to live that way? >> i mean i am always cautious and i am more cautious since that little extra bit that i
have to have. how is the scrutiny on police officers and how does it make you feel as career police officers ourselves? >> you represent all police officers whether you want to or not. that's how the public looks at it. if they are bad then you are bad. i am not as excited to tell people what i do for a living. any time you see kids out here they'll usually say hi to us and now parents teach their kids to basically not like us. we are still their helpers and th we are still the ones they call. and whether they like us or not, we come to help. ♪ >> it is my second night embedding with the 22nd district
force. tonight my escort is officers pinto and ortiz, partners of 25 years experience between the two of them. as soon as we hit the streets, the calls start to rang in. >> a gun call came through the radio. [ sirens ] >> and officers in a foot pursuit. >> somebody came out to the back door. >> we are not the only one responding. they called in a s.w.a.t. team and a ppd helicopter is over head. so this is the alley? >> yes. >> it is a high priority call recorded on the ground and monitored from the sky. i have asthma...
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they had one suspect in custody and one is on the loose. this is tough because you can go in any of these houses. >> they know where to run and h which houses are vacant. >> choppers take to the sky and scanning the scene from above. all hands including the operators at the rttc are on deck. >> what they are dng is a thermal detective and throughout the alley way to see if there is any body under a tarp or something like that or hiding some where. so far they are unable to make anything out in the skies as the search for the fugitive continues on the ground. >> this is where the call came out. this is the block that came out
for guns inside. the s.w.a.t. team is geared up. empty lots, there are a lot of limit less escape route and the s.w.a.t. team comes up empty >> everyone is dispersing does that mean one guy is on the lose? >> your night goes on. >> while officers did not catch their man tonight, there is comfort in knowing that they stopped what would amount to $30,000 heroine from hitting the streets and nobody had to discharge their weapons. >> did you have any close calls? >> yes, probably about two years ago, i had to fire my service weapon. i had a call for a man armed
with a gun and we pulled up and get to stop them and took off and we got into and pulls out a gun. fired my weapon one time and no one got hurt that night. >> you don't fire your weapon often do you? >> no. it is rare for cops to fire their weapons. the majority of cops don't fire their weapons at all. >> really, from what we see on tv cops fire their arms all the time. >> i have been here for 16 years, i have only fired it once outside of training. >>. one of this i thinks that's most surprising of this experience is learning how many times the police officers we spent time with had fired their weapon on the job. one of them discharged his weapon and it happened only one time in his 16 years career.
that's just really surprised me because the perception is that police officers are constantly firing their weapons. it is a perception that has i am part and fuelled by cell phones. [ gunshots ] >> videos are captured and gone viral. these images have eroded public trust in the police, which is now at a 22-year low. it is something that officer dias had to contend with. >> it was not normal when someone twawalks up to you and stick their phone and smack in your face. now, when coupling to work, you feel like a movie star and get
videoed all day. they want you to be the next person that'll make the front page or say something inappropriate. [ esirens ] >> all right, 911 call, six or seven black males assaulted. >> did they say they're armed? >> no weapons involved. it may or may not changed as we get in there. >> diaz heads up to meet the victim. >> did you just get robbed? >> so they did not get anything? >> it was taken and assaulted by several males and no weapons involved. >> so there was an attempted robbery. they did not get anything but
the young man that lives here had taken into a squad car and they're trying to identify the people that tried to rob them. >> we canvassed the area for anyone fitting the assailant description. officer cisca suddenly slams on the accelerator. >> oh, that's them. [ sirens ] >> in the chaos of the moment, it is hard to understand the radio call. it is clear that something is going down. >> there you go, right there. >> left hand right here. >> years of training are kicking in. >> who are entering a situation where anything can happen. >> oh, my god.
big robbery. >> only thing i heard on the radio is black male and black hoodie and black hat. they saw him running and he's probably in there. these cops are incredible. can you explain what happened? >> officers was chasing him. he knew the owner of the property and he ran in there and into the bedroom and then he went right behind them. he kind of took a left and he may have had something on him, maybe some drugs or a gun. whatever it was -- >> after waiting for several minutes. officers bring a kid and cuffs out of the house. >> i don't like it. why are you running? >> i am scared of police. >> why are you saying like that? >> because people get killed by the police. >> the next step is to bring the
victim assault on scene to see if he can make a positive id. >> hang in there. >> so apparently the boy who was almost robbed said this was not one o f the guys that tried to rob him. >> we did not find anything illegal. him running from the police is not a crime. we get all the information and we'll do a good pedestrian stop on him and it will be on record now that we stopped him for investigation. >> what else will be on the record? should anyone question tonight's events? >> the behavior captures in realtime by their body cameras. something officers cisca actually welcomes. >> dow think the body camera made you change your behavior at all? >> well, i think i needed it.
honestly. >> we all have bad days and sometimes your patience level, you can be the most patience in the world and other days you start to lose your patience and getting frustrated and fall in the category where everyone thinks you are a bad guy. i cannot watch the news all the time. it clogs your mind and sometimes start wondering -- you know, why do i put myself through this. this is what i love. i know i am helping someone. >> while we were detective team and patrolling the streets. we invented a team rttc, who monitor their crimes from the screens. in west philadelphia, a man had been shot and killed with a view of security camera. officers on the streets cornered off the crime scene and calling in the rcc to assist on
investigation. >> corporal harvel received the call. >> i am going to synchronize all the camera and go back again. >> look closely, the windows are shot out on one side >> they shot him on the right side. >> the trajectory of the bullet is identifynd giving them a better idea of where to find the shooter. >> go back, i think that's the shooter. as far as i can, it is such a blur. >> oh wait, i think i see muscle flesh. >> where? >> show me. >> oh god.
>> listen, boom, boom, right in the car. >> muscle flash. >> right here. >> they cannot see his face but in the wider philly, the trail is not cold just yet. armed with this information, detectives can tap into their private cameras in the days to come to catch their dikiller. >> take a snapshot. >> without you, i am nothing. ♪ it is my final night embedding with the tactical force. once again, i am with officers pinto and ortiz. as we hit the streets, a job comes up on their computer.
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so the man knocked this door down and they are going to take him to a mental hospital to get evaluated. he's being aggressive with the woman. >> we are going to help you down. what about my brother, man? >> despite the officers' plea, the man refuses to come to get medical help. with family members in potential danger, the force is eventually needed. >> taking four cops to subdue
him. >> oh! >> for anybody catching a glimpse of the scene from outside, without proper context, it could be misconstrue for excessive force. >> now, the entire event is recorded on the officers' body cameras. >> in a situation like that, how does a camera protects you? >> you have to handcuff him for his safety and our safety. it shows clearly that we are there to help him. later on if he does get hurt
from moving around or saying that the police did that to him. the camera would definitely help because it shows everything that were not harming him and we are there to help him to get the medical help that he does need. >> the things you see on tv and what's put out there. >> it is half the story. you guys see it -- visit every day and the five incidents a yahooer that happens with police. it is a very small percentage >> tonight was a really interesting experience. you know if i were to have seen an onlooker's video of what happened. i really wonder what i would have thought. a black man in handcuff handcuffs -- carried downstairs by four police officers, it was a site that probably would made me cringed. that's why police body cameras
can come in handy, it is inevitable that they tell the story. >> at least 27 of america's larger cities have begun experimenting with body cameras. so far, only two have equipped all of their officers. philly is still in the pie phase. >> our ultimate goal right now is the 4,000 men and women that work on the street in a variety of capacities. >> does it feel like there is support from the civilian community for cops with cameras. >> there's a belief that's going to help and those that believe some police officers need it to be more professional. it goes along gaining the trust of folks that live here and that's important to us.
>> round two. >> i will. >> for the officer some of that trust comes from his deep roots in the community he serves. >> this is it. >> this is it here. >> i was raised in this house. not much has changed. >> how has growing up here impacted the kind of police officer you have become? >> i can almost always relate to the people that i stop and even though i was raised in the bad lands as people call them, i never had any kind of negative interaction with police. always said hi. when he passed by i said hi. >> though times have changed as an officer in north philly today he knows that face time still goes a long way in bridging the gap between cop and community. >> i need to play the hi game and say hi to everybody. >> how often do they respond? >> with a look or what are you doing?
talk to me. >> sometimes it's the wrun ver sal neighborhood thing of we don't like the police. >> but sometimes they say high back. that's cool. kids say hi. moms say hi. dads say hi. >> is that more unusual? >> yeah. it is. >> how you doing? all right. >> you got one. >> there you go. >> it's always nice to get that response back. marvel studios. we are very much hands on producers. if my office becomes a plane or an airport the surface pro is perfect, fast and portable but also light. you don't do 14 hours a day 7 days a week for decades if you don't feel it in your heart. listen i know my super power is to not ever sleep. that's it, that's the only super power i have. (becky) i've seen such a change in einstein since he started eating the new beneful recipe. the number one ingredient in it is beef. (einstein) the beef is fantastic!
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a major part of the agenda is to connect the police department with communities and one of the ways they do that is by holding things where people can come express concerns or ask questions. >> how is everybody doing tonight. >> what we want to talk about tonight is the body camera program. >> after a yearlong experiment the ppd decided to expand it's body camera coverage. soon officers hitting the streets here and in several other districts will be required to wear the cameras. >> we test the cameras through all sorts of situations. they have been tried, tested and true. we have no maintenance replacement. other cameras are upstairs now and that's been over a year. >> i wanted to make sure that if you go out let our folks know in
the district that not to be startled or not to be alarmed by it but open up the floor for any questions. >> what is the policy around releasing the footage to the public. >> it has to go through the legal department and that's still being worked out. >> the policies and laws are being written as the cameras are rolling. so who is to say what the consequences intended or unintended will be. >> first thing you want to know is that the camera is actually being used in a nonselective manner or else defeats the purpose. >> i can't edit it. no one can edit it. everything has to be uploaded into the cloud. >> it goes to the cloud. i don't know what the cloud is but he says it's goes up there and it's up there. i take his word it's up there. >> it's too soon to tell if police body cameras will have a major impact on law enforcement. out on the streets i'm about to
see how the presence of that third eye can make a difference. >> a man flagged us down to complain about kids throwing snowballs at his car. not a high priority crime but soon we cross path with the culprits. >> okay. >> what were you doing? >> no just our friend. >> you see this right here, we got a camera. do you want to try that again? >> were you throwing snowballs? you're going to hit somebody and break somebody's windows. how would you like if i called your parents up and they have to come pick you up. you wouldn't like that. >> no, sir. >> your parents wouldn't like that either. >> obviously you have good sense because you're answering me no, sir, yes, sir. your parents taught you better than that. >> we going on the news. >> yeah. >> you for real.
>> i'm for real. i'm for real, for real. it took everything for me not to laugh. >> admit it. >> at the end of the day, this technology, how crucial is that in this job? >> this age is very crucial and you have to realize you're a public servant and the way they have to do business and you have to let people know what you're doing. mistakes will be made in this business. they will. but when they are, call it for what it is and people will respect you for that. >> appreciate you. >> oh, we're having a problem. >> and conversely people will respect what you do each and every day when you demonstrate a level of transparency that they