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Mike Brown, a former US Army soldier, and recently uploaded a video to Facebook demonstrating how
Alton Sterling could have still posed a threat to the Baton Rouge police officers despite his firearm remaining in his pocket.

Brown, an African American, showed how Sterling could have still fired his weapon with his arm's by his sides. It is important for people commenting on the tragedy to remember that all Sterling had to do was touch the trigger of the gun in his pocket in order to kill or seriously injure the arresting officers.

Brown's message has certainly seemed to resonate with people as his video has garnered over one million views during the last several days.

The advent of cell phone video has made it possible to quickly, and easily document almost any event in one's life; however, rarely are these videos able to fully depict the actual situation unfolding.

Viral videos are almost never longer than a few minutes, they naturally contain the bias of the person operating the camera, and they only begin after something exciting begins to happen. Nobody pulls out their phone to record the build up to a fight, only the actual fight itself.

For this reason cell phone videos often show a very skewed version of reality. Due to the "one-sided" nature of the recordings, and the persuasive power of film these videos are highly powerful, very frightening, and very convincing.

This is the problem with cell-phone videos, they lack context. A person recorded while defending a friend from a bully will look like the aggressor depending on when the video starts.

In charged times like these it is important to listen to experts like Mike Brown who can help explain the situation. Seeing is believing, but videos sometimes lie.



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