Accounts such as these, of police officers willfully and knowingly violating the rights of those who have documented police brutality, are not unique.
For the first time in our history, technology is empowering our citizens to provide solid evidence in cases of police brutality to counteract the "unimpeachable" testimony of police officers. And some - not all, but some - police departments and state governments are responding to this by trying to make the evidence disappear.
It is not anti-cop to demand that our police be accountable to us, the citizens. It is, rather, the bedrock of our civil society. Allowing police to operate with impunity makes us less free, and it makes all of us less safe, police officers included!
It's crazy for a man to look at police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, and blame - and murder - police officers in Dallas, Texas. But it's not crazy to look at the patterns of police killings in this country and worry that, if you are pulled over by the police, the officer will not be on the side of justice.
Transparency makes the job of police harder, because it enforces the requirement that all police do their job right. Accountability to the communities they serve should not even be on the table for debate, it us fundamental to law enforcement's proper role in our society. A lack of transparency only serves to shelter the corrupt, and breed corruption - or the appearance of corruption, both of which lead to mistrust and ultimately hate.
It is pro cop to demand transparency in our policing, to insist on accountability, so that good cops can do good work in our communities and help make us all safer together.