Police brutality is an ongoing abuse in the U.S. that sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement beginning with the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson Mo. Since then, citizens have recorded their own encounters with police violence. The most well-known recent instance of police abuse in Maryland took place in Baltimore with the death of Freddie Gray. A citizen’s video taken of the arrest shows Gray, clearly in pain, being transported by the police.
Citizen journalism has revolutionized the way that the way that people view the police. It has brought to light injustices that otherwise may not have been specifically reported on. If bystanders present at the arrest of Freddie Gray had not taken a video, then there would not be any solid proof of police brutality from the scene. Citizen journalism is exemplified through the video taken at the scene and then later being used by media outlets like CNN and the Baltimore Sun.
Citizen journalism arguably may have also placed a certain distrust on the perception of the media. People can be under the impression that the only way to obtain real news is from twitter and from the words of those who were at the scene. Citizens may start to believe that news agencies are inefficient at reporting cases of police brutality because video sharing technology like youtube and twitter make noteworthy atrocities like police brutality instantly available.