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What You Didn’t See During the Broadcasting of the 2014 Oscars Ceremony

The Oscars occurred this past Sunday in Hollywood. There were lots of laughs, gaffes, extensive thank you speeches, and a pizza delivery man became an overnight social media sensation.  Ellen Degeneres even broke a twitter record for the most retweeted tweet of all time.  So it’s obvious that lots of people tuned in to experience this very special night.

On the other hand, there’s a side of the Oscars Ceremony that the television audience doesn’t get to experience.  Here’s what goes on outside of the Dolby theater and away from the red carpet.

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There were camouflaged women with unidentified black logos on their sleeves. That’s a TracStar system they’re standing next to.

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They bring SWAT teams to peaceful protests nowadays

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That moment before your rights are violated & you’re unlawfully arrested

ShawnNee_1121A005“gritchyo teet’ & lock yo knees”

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Alone on the Street

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Only few photographers have this ability to see and then capture what happens on the street. LA street/doc photographer Shawn Nee is one of them. Besides being named by Complex as one of the 50 best street photographers alive — and being arrested by LAPD for shooting the streets –, he’s also been featured by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, PBS, and F8 magazine.

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THE GROWING ANTI-POLICE BRUTALITY MOVEMENT

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The anti-police brutality movement is here.  It’s not going anywhere.  And as long as militarized police officers across the United States continue to brutalize and murder people with impunity, this powerful rising force will continue to grow and become stronger.

For years, I’ve been photographing anti-police brutality marches and rallies, and have witnessed the evolution of this movement.  When I first started taking pictures, you wouldn’t see as many children, housewives, and grandmothers at these events as you do today.  And you especially wouldn’t see these people holding signs that said, “…BLOOD is on your hands”, “I hate the police…”,  or “Police: It’s a Gang”.

Nowadays though, it’s a different story.  People who once supported police, no longer do, and it’s the police officers themselves who are responsible for this expanding backlash.

With the power of the internet and its ability to educate and open eyes, the American people are really starting to see how dangerous police officers are to them and their families.  For instance, six of them can murder your son on camera and get away with it.

The following photos were taken at a “Justice For Kelly  Thomas” rally that took place in Fullerton, CA, on January 18, 2014.

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Do not believe what you’ve been reading in the mainstream media about the Fullerton PD protest that happened on Saturday.  I was there, photographing the event and what I witnessed does not line up with what is being written by major news publications.

LAPD Denies My Request Seeking the Number of Times Their Officers Accessed My Personal Information

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If the Los Angeles Police Department was potentially accessing your private information via a government database like the DMV, you would think that the subject of those searches would have a right to know if the information was accessed, when it was accessed, and why it was accessed.  That way, the person could determine if the searches were done legally, or illegally.  And whether or not, at the very least, find out if the searches violated LAPD policy.

Well, having carte blanche to this information may be true in states like Florida where there are very strong public records laws that keep government open and protect the public’s right to know.  But what holds true in the Sunshine State, does not in The Golden State.

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