What Went Wrong — A Police Video Deconstructed

What Went Wrong — A Police Video Deconstructed

1:13pm Oct 18, 2016
Dejuan Yourse is interviewed by police Officers Charlotte Jackson and Travis Cole in Greensboro, N.C., on June 17.
Dejuan Yourse is interviewed by police Officers Charlotte Jackson and Travis Cole in Greensboro, N.C., on June 17.
Greensboro Police Department / NPR via YouTube

What's striking about all the controversial police videos we've covered is how different they can look to people, depending on their backgrounds. If you're a police officer, certain things might stand out, while if you're a civilian or you've been arrested by a police officer, other things might catch your attention.

So we thought we'd try something new, using a video brought to our attention by member station WFDD in the Triad region of North Carolina. The recordings come from the body cameras of two officers as they make a routine call — which then goes bad.

We asked several people to watch the video, each one separately, and then added their observations as "pop-up" quotes in the video. All three concluded that the incident was mishandled by police, but they have different takes on exactly what went wrong — and why.

To view the annotations, the video must be watched on a desktop or tablet computer, preferably at full screen.

Commenters

Daunasia Yancey: Black Lives Matter activist (Yellow)

Peter Moskos: former Baltimore police officer, now an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Red)

Jim Glennon: former police officer in Illinois, now owns Calibre Press, a company that trains police around the country (Blue)

Martin Kaste: NPR's law enforcement correspondent (Green)

Thanks to Emily McCord at WFDD, and for the reporting help of Edward Garcia

Thanks to Eric Ginsburg of Triad City Beat for his assistance

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