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Meet the groups who are filming police violence

While listening to the police scanner application on his cellphone, Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed heard the makings of what could be a violent confrontation between police and a suspect. Soon after, he rushed to the Triple S. Food Mart in Baton Rouge where two police officers had shot and killed Alton Sterling at point blank range. Reed arrived at the scene where several of his activists filmed the altercation last Tuesday— they immediately knew how significant the footage was, but wanted to wait for police to release a public statement on the shooting. “We wanted to wait to hear what police had to say, and make sure we had enough copies of our videos in the community,” Reed told The Independent, “so that when police did get their hands on the video it wasn’t something that they could destroy.”