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case seems far away from the little town he grew up in. oh man. please don't. >> freeze. what did you see? a few seconds of video or a cop dragging a black man down the 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.
>> this man was being aggressive with the woman. >> you are not in trouble. >> we are taking 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 may be captured by police cameras. initiative by law enforcement to protect the public and themselves by putting the city under surveillance. >> this is our third eye. it is all on here. cameras on our guys. >> philadelphia police department is allowing us an inside look. >> can you notify the crime center to see if they can pull anything on cameras. >> in a time of intense public scrutiny. >> you cannot deny the role that
the video plays. they're real, they're 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 street captures a gruesome crime that splashed
akroosz t across the news. >> this is cnn breaking news, someone pulled the trigger 13 times. >> allegedly tried to kill the police officer. the entire thing bus caught on crystal clear surveillance video. >> the camera witnessed it all. the nation got the front row seat to the horror and a sneak peek into the wild philly. >> you should know when you come to philadelphia that you could be watched. there are over 4,000 cameras here that the city has access to. they are everywhere. it seems that in the city of brotherly love, big brother maybe watching. it is part of a new mandate to modernize the police department and it starts here at the realtime crime center where a vast network of camera feeds streaming action from all over town. >> sergeant green is one of the
master mind affection nately nicknamed the bubble. >> wow, so futuristic. >> we get the mfgs and informate go to information where there is cameras. we try to get awareness of what's going on at the scene. >> do you think people are cognizant of fact that they could be -- being watched? >> sometimes they do. but, 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 also local businesses. the regional transportation authorities. >> this is one of the cameras and you can see he's able to do 360 on it and go up or down and zoom in or out. >> this is recording.
>> this is recorded. >> people who are walking on the streets had no reason of expectation of privacy. after 30 days the images that we recorded are way clean. the only reason it is kept longer that there was a criminal case that it was needed for. >> there are strict policy in place. requests for footage and following the rules of criminal procedures and trying to stock your ex-girlfriend is not tolerated. for cops spending a lifetime in justice, the future is now. >> you still have to investigate the crime. i think it is given us a leg up and it helps us do our jobs better. the criminals are smarter today. they use this 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's digital dive was laid out by charles ramsey who upon entering office in 2008 noticed several alarming trends. >> tell me about the state of affairs when you inherit the phillies police department >> crime was on the rise. while it was dropping in many other cities, the year before i came, it came closer to 400 murders. there were areas that we were behind the curve quite frankly, quite frankly booiehind the cur. >> ramsey's administration got to work. in 2012, the rtcc went live. >> how is the reception from the community about deploying thousands of cameras throughout the city? >> we have not gotten a lot of push back and around cameras and in fact of anything, people want us to have more cameras out
there and including more cameras. that's appropriate. everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions, police officers as well as members of the public. the body worn camera program is response to a nationwide public out cry for transparency and accountability. fuelled by a wave of violent police encould wanters caught o videos and went viral for people to see. >> get your happenends up in th, i will shoot you. >> public outrage has only grown. demanding answers from a force that's meant to protect and served. get up. >> not a week goes guy where we don't hear about officers involved shootings and police br brutality of some sort. what do you attribute to that?
many fingers are pointing to the race issue. >> biassed exists everywhere. what we have to do is rule it out. there are some videos that clearly show that an officer's actions were inappropriate and in some case is criminal. >> if every cop was a role cop and abusing their authority, believe me, you have more than a video to show every night. the majority of police officers doing their job properly but we cannot afford to have any not do their job properly. one shooting, that's wrong, that's inappropriate or unjustified and could have been handled another way is one too many. the hope is that police worn body camera will capture a record of arrest and justifying the force or proving them excessive. ramsey needs a testing ground before the city wide ruled out. one of the most violent
neighborhoods were chosen the 22nd district which recorded of 170 shooting victims that year. >> these are the police body cameras. >> yes, these are the taser exxon. >> this is the man in charge of getting the body camera program up and running here. >> they place them here on a clip whether where the clip is, you press the button twice and you hear two beeps, that means the camera is recording. you will see videos start inside the car. these situations film from beginning to end. >> so the camera does not stay on an eight hour shift. >> do police officers have to announce they are recording. >> we enter someone's house, we do announce there is a camera and can we keep the camera on and if you are outside, there is
no reason of outside expectation and you can and it will be filmed. >> we are not allowed to show body camera footage in action. however, they made an exception for demo purposes so we can see the quality of the video. >> put it in the documentation, it will load to the cloud. >> so are you ready? >> this is the video that they would see. so the camera don't stay on for an eight hour shift. >> no. >> as you can see, we are talking right here and we had the room and you in the video. pretty clear audio. >> this is the future for philadelphia and much of the country. >> yes, it is. >> attention role call. >> of the 6,100 cops in philadelphia, 30 volunteers. i will embed with patrol here to
see the experience. >> a few things happening, come frg t ing from the west. >> i always had a thing for crime fighting. i would always be the cop or robert. and i was always the good guy. >> 30-year-old officer montanez had been wearing the ppd shield for ten kwleyears. what was your perception of cops as a kid? >> going to school and coming home, they are always nice and always waved at me. my journal entry of what you want to be when you grow up, it was police officer. the reality of the job is no game. >> everyday, montanez, must put his life on the line. >> 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, your
girlfriend, how does she feel about the job? >> she has mixedemotions. she knows that i love what i do. >> when the tool of the trades are bullets and guns, workplace safety takes on a new meaning. >> be safe. >> there is a lot of people just because they see what they see in the media, they hate cops. with that, i kind of have to have my head and making sure my back is clear and my partner. >> make sure you be safe and return to headquarter safely to end your shift, fallout. hey, i'm paul. and i used to ask if you could hear me now with verizon... not anymore. i'm with sprint now because guess what? it's 2016 and every network is great. in fact, sprint's reliability is now within 1% of verizon. and sprint saves you 50% on most
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it is my first night embedding with the 22nd district police. tonight the veteran of the force for 27 years. every night before their trip, they stop here to pick up their cameras. >> how did you guys feel you guys would be wearing camera? >> i feel good. when they ask us to volunteer, we were the first ones to volunteer to wear them. >> i was a little skeptical at first. i didn't want to be responsible for another piece of equipment or camera and personal moments, restroom and eating and on my
phone. >> how has it been? >> it is a good tool. >> it is helpful for us so we know when we got our camera and the demeanor changes. it changes for the better i believe. this is our third eye. >> someone can say well, you beat me or you did this to me or that. when you view the camera, it is all on here. the camera continue lie. >> last year there are over 12,000 crime offenses in the city, that includes aggravated assault and rape and murder. staggering of 32 incidents a day >> we are taking every precaution. >> they're part of the tactical unit, which means they are assigned high priority calls including guns and violence. >> about how many calls do you respond to a night on average? >> maybe about 10.
on a busy night, up to 20 or more >> yeah, we get a lot of crime and shootings and stabbings. >> how many of the calls involve guns? >> about five a night. >> five, that's a lot? >> that's just normal. >> in 2015 there is over 1200 shootings in the city, that's an average of three a day. >> when the first call the night is dispatched. these cops are ready to respond. >> a black in a burgundy hoodie, he keeps on following her and won't let her leave >> a woman is getting harassed and followed by a man that does not want to let her go. >> you guys just hang on. >> a single disagreement can spiritu spiral out of control quickly. >> are you high? >> stand back. >> let meggett off.
i am just staying ft. >> i don't want him to get locked up. no, no. you just smacked me in my [ bleep ] you just smashed me in the face. she's pregnant with my child. >> come here. >> do you have any weapons on you? >> no. yes, sir. >> the search for weapons turn up nothing. >> you know what? i am done. >> for officers, calls like this is just another day at the office. >> officer montanez, how dangerous is this area? >> i can look and give you a story of the last ten years of the crime that i have been here,
it is a shame and the world that we live in. >> we are on the night shift. temperatures start to drop as we continue your patrol. without warning, a job pops up in the police computer. >> on the 22nd. >> is that close to where we are? >> we are kind of close. 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 say you saw somebody with a gun >> you said they were arguing? but everything is good now? >> the kid here called just because -- he said he wanted to. >> buddy, you know you cannot call 911 unless you really need it,okay? >> well, that's frustrating when you get frank calls like that.
does it happen often? >> it happens a lot. i rather take a prank call than somebody with a gun. when ever somebody coming in with a gun, you always respond. >> it is always and number one of our priority list. a lot of people take taadvantag of that. many cops don't know what kind of situation they respond to when they answer a call. >> gun violence is a major problem and it hits close to home. last year, officer robert wilson, was killed in a gunfire exchange while buying presents for his son. always be alert and on guard. >> when you go in these neighborhoods that are known for violence, you have to be cautious and what is it like to live that way? >> i mean, i am always cautious but i am more cautious, just that little extra bit that i had to have. how is all this scrutiny on
police officers and how does it make you feel as career police officers yourselves? >> you represent all police officers whether you want to or not? that's how the public looks at it. if they are bad, you are bad. i am not as excited to tell people bwhat i do for a living. every time you see kids out here saying hi to us, but now they don't. now, we are the bad guys now. we are still the one they call when they hit the fence. if they like it or not, we are coming to help. ♪ it is my second night embedding with the 22nd district police force. tonight, my ex escort is officer
pinto. as soon as we hit the beat, the call starts to pull in. >> a gun call comes through the radio. they're requesting of the males trying to hide in the alley way. >> an officer is in a foot pursu pursuit. >> somebody came out of the back door in the alley chasing them. >> we are not onthe only one responding. they called in a s.w.a.t. team. >> this is the alley? >> it is a high priority call recorded on the ground and monitored from the sky. what's it like to be in good hands? like finding new ways
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>> this is tough. >> exactly. >> while first responders standby with the s.w.a.t. team. helicopters scanning the scene from above. >> all hands including the operator and the rttc are on deck. what they are doing is a thermal. >> they do a thermal throughout the whole alley way to see if they see the infrared or body, under a tarp or hiding some where. >> so far, they are unable to make anything out of the sky as the search for the fugitive continues on the ground. >> this is actually where it came out for guns and narcotics inside. there are a lot of drugs --
>> the s.w.a.t. team is geared up. in such a condense neighborhood filled with empty lots, there is limit less escaped routes. a s.w.a.t. team comes up empty. it looks like everyone is dispittsburdi disper dispersing. does that mean one dpguy is on e 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 from heroine from hitting the streets and that nobody had to discharge their weapon. >> you had any close callcalls? >> probably about two years ago i had to fire my service weapon. we pulled up and stop them and took in and he stops and pulls
out a gun and i fired my weapon one time. no one got hurt that time. >> you don't fire your weapon oft often, do you? >> the majority of tcops don't even fire their weapons at all. >> really? from what we see on tv, we see cops fire their firearms all the time. >> i have been here 16 years, and only fired one time >> wait a minute, you have only fired it one time? >> outside of training, was only one time >> one of the things that surprised me the most was learned how many times the police officers we had been with had fired their weapons on the job. one of them discharged his weapon and happened one time of his 16 years career. the perception is police
officers are constantly have hazardly firing their weapons. it is a perception that in part and fuels by cell phones. [ gunshots ] >> videos captured and gone viral. >> you are being shot by police. [ gunshot ] >> these images eroded public trust in police which is now at a 22-low. >> something that members of the tactical team we joined on a third night had to contend with on their beat. >> at the beginning when the camera phones got popular, it was not normal where someone walk up to you and tick their phone right smack in the face. now, you come to work, you feel like a movie star, getting videos all day long everyday. they want to see you lose your cool and the next person that's going to make the front pages or put your hands on somebody or
saying something inappropriate. [ sirens ] >> all right, 911 call stays -- it happens about 10 minutes ago. >> does it say that they are armed? >> no. no weapon involved. they may or may not change by the time we get there. >> we can go in. >> diaz heads up to meet the victim. >> did you just get robbed? >> attempted robbery. >> they did not get anything? >> attempted robbery, nothing was taken. sa no weapons yinvolved. >> so it was an attempted robbery, they did not get anything. they are going to take the young
man to see if he can identify the people that tried to rob him. >> for anyone fitting the assailant description, officer suddenly slams on the accelerator. >> blue team. [ sirens ] >> standby. black male, blue hoodie and jean. it is hard to understand the radio call but it is clear that something is going down. >> there you go. >> okay. >> on the left hand side here. >> year of training are kicking in for these officers. >> stop, stop. he's right there. who are entering into a situation where anything can happen. get in there, joel. >> oh my god. our mission is to produce programs and online content
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apparently in there. >> these cops are incredible. can you explain what happened? >> the officer was chasing him. he kale out here. he ran in there and ran to the bedroom and he realized that we were behind him and he thomas hock -- maybe something on him or a gun but whatever it was, it was enough to scare him into running into this house. >> officers bring a kid in cuffs outside of the house. >> no! >> why did you run? >> i am scared of police. >> because i am scared by police and everything. >> the next step is to bring the victim of the assault on scene to see if he can make a positive
id. >> hang in. >> apparently, the boy who was almost robbed said this was not one of the guys that tried to rob him. >> we did not find anything illegal. him running away from the police is not a crime. we'll do a pedestrian stop on him. it will be on record that we stopped him for an investigation. what else will be on the record? should anyone question tonight's events? >> the behavior and actions of these officers captured in realtime by their body cameras. something officer cisca welcomes. >> do you think the body camera changes? >> i think we all need it. >> sometimes you can be the most
patience person in the world and other days you lose your patience and get frustrated with someone and you fall back in that category and everyone thinking you are a bad guy. >> i cannot watch the news all the time. it clouds your mind and you start wondering, why do i put myself through this. this is what i love. i know we are helping somebody. >> while we rolled with the tactical team responsible for patrolling the streets, the rttc, who monitors their crimes from the screen. >> in west philadelphia, a man was shot and killed within view. >> officers on the street calling into the rttc to assist in their investigation. corpor corporal hargrove receives the call. >> he and operator cheney combed
through the area to see if they can catch the killer. >> the person was shot inside his car. >> i am going to synchronize all the cameras and go back again. >> look closely, the windows are shot out ton right side. >> windows shattered. the trajectory of the bullets is identified and giving them a better idea on where to find the shooter. >> that's the shooter. door's opening and she's running. >> as far as i can, it is such a blur. >> oh, wait, i think i see it. >> where? >> show me. >> give me. >> listen. >> boom, boom, muscle splash.
>> muzzel flesh. >> right here. >> they cannot see his face in a camera, the trail is not cold just yet. >> here you go. >> armed with this information, detectives can tap into their private cameras in the days to come to catch their killer. >> yeah, it is snapshot ♪ >> it is my final night 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.
>> a older woman, if male is violent. >> i have a body camera and i am going to record, can i come up? >> they entered into the apartments where a mentally ill man had turned violent. or fill a big order or expand your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at open.com.
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we responded to a 911 call where the man had became violent. >> they're going to take him to the hospital to get evaluated. he was being aggressive with the woman >> we are going to help you, take you to the hospital. >> please, i don't want to die. >> what about my brother? the man refuses to come to get medical help. family members is in potential danger and force is eventually needed. >> taking four cops to subdue
him. oh my god, man! >> they're calling for a wagon out. >> for anybody catching a glimpse of the scene from the outside without proper context could be misconstrue as an excessive force. now, the entire event had been recorded on the officer's body camera. >> in a situation like that, how does the camera protect you? >> in this situation, you have to handcuffs him first, his safety and our safety. the camera shows that we are there to help him later on if he does get hurt from moving around like that or trying to claim injuries saying that the police
did that to him. the camera will help us because it shows that -- we are there to help him to get the treatment and help that he does need >> things you see on and what's put out there. it is only half a story 67. >> the three or five incidents that happens with police, it is a small percentage. >> tonight was an interesting experience. if i were to see an onlooker's video of what happened. i really wonder what i would thought, black man in handcuffs, carried downstairs by four police officers. it was a site that probably would have made me cringe. and that's why police wo rn bod cameras, can come in heavily.
>> at least 26 america's largest cities have begun to every police officer in the department will be wearing body cameras? >> our ultimate goal is the 4,000 men and women that work on the streets in a variety of capacities. >> does it seem like there is support from the civilian community for cops with cameras? >> you want to be in this business, people have to trust you. there's this belief it's going to help improve police and community relations. and it go as long way to gaining the trust of folks who live here. and that's important to us. >> he around too. take care, bro.
>> for officer, some of the trust comes from the deep roots in the community he serves. >> i was raised in this house. not much has changed. >> how has growing up here impacted the kind of police officer you've become? >> i can almost always relate to the people i stop and even though i was raised in the badlands, as people called them. i never had any kind of negative interaction with police. they always said hi, i say hi. >> though times have changed, as an officer in north philly today, he knows that face time still go as long way in bridging the gap between cop and community. >> i like the play the hi game. >> how off doon they respond? >> sometimes they respond with a look like what are you doing? don't talk to me. >> sometimes they spit on the ground which is the universal
thing of we don't liking the police. >> and sometimes they say hi back. kids say hi, moms say hi, kids say hi. >> is that more unusual? >> yeah, it is. say hi to this guy, don. >> hi. >> hi. >> how are you doing? >> it's always nice to get that response back. tell me, how do you like to learn? songs are my favorite! ooh! elmo likes songs! puzzles! me love puzzles. well..puzzles are a great memorization too- dinosaurs! yess!!!! puppies!
a major part of the philly p.d.'s agenda is to connect with communities and one of the ways they do that is by holding meetings in the various districts where people can voice concerns or ask questions. >> what we want to talk about tonight is the body camera program. it's been green lighted. >> after a year-long experience, they've decided to expand its body camera coverage. soon officers hitting the streets here and in several other districts will be required to wear the cameras. >> we've tested cameras through all sorts of situations. they've been tried, tested and true. no maintenance replacement of the cameras upstairs and that's been over a year. >> what i want to do is make sure you can go out and let our folks know in the district not
to be startled or alarmed by it and 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 something still being worked out. >> the laws governing footage are being written as the cameras are rolling. so who's to say what the consequences intended and unintended will be. >> first thing you want to know is that the camera's actually being used in a nonselective manner or it defeats some of the purposes. >> no one can edit it. it has to be uploaded to the cloud. >> i don't know what a cloud is. but you said it goes up there and it's up there. >> it's too soon to tell if they 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 difference. >> are they walking up broad street? >> a man flagged us down to complain about kids throwing snow balls at the car. soon we crossed paths with the culprits. >> yo, kid, come here. what were you doing? >> nothin'. >> you see this right here? we have a camare a. want to try that again. were you throwing snow balls? >> yes. >> how about you stop because your going to hit somebody, break somebody's window. how would you like if i call your parents up and they would h to pick you up. obviously you have good sense because you're answering yes, sir, no, sir. your parents taught you better than that. yep, yep. i'm for real. i'm for real, for real.
it took everything for me not to laugh. >> you got him to totally admit it. the camera right now. i saw you. at the end of the day, this technology, all these cameras. how crucial is that in this job? >> well, in this age it's very crucial and we got to realize you're a public servient and that's 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. and conversely, people will respect what you do each and every day when you've demonstrated a level of transparency that they understand. >> you know me.
>> i hear you, bro. >> this department is about making this city a better place and if you really believe in what you're doing, then you have nothing to hide. ♪ donald trump gives his first tv interview since his surprise election. the odd couple, the president elect selected a insider and fire brand as his top white house aids. drawing praise for one and a storm of criticism for the other. and running scared, entire families run for their lives amid gun fire and mortar shells