On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Occupy Portland's on site library, Dava, a respected veteran media activist, led a workshop on being safe and effective when video-recording police interactions. He highlighted the importance of recording uninterrupted footage and making sure this footage is available for the victims of unlawful arrest and police brutality. Dava also spoke about maintaining a neutral presence and not provoking additional action by police. In essence, always remember that the ultimate goal is to produce footage that can protect our fellow humans.
A few points to remember:
- Record as much of the police interaction as you can. Continuous footage leaves no room for deliberation over what happened when the camera was turned away.
- It is legal to film any police action.
- Stay aware to protect yourself and your footage.
Workshops on producing activist media will be held every Wednesday at the Occupy Portland library.