Our subject video shows us a young lady assaulted by another young lady. The fact is one girl smacked the hell out of the other then followed up with a hard kick to the head. And, of course, all of it caught on video.
The crux of the story is what legal responsibility is held by the person making the film? Are they a conspirator? Are the an accomplice? Are they an accessory? My question, why has it taken so long for these questions to be asked?
When youngsters watch television and see fights, shoot-outs, and other craziness do they believe these are real people doing these stunts in real life. Many sure act like it. Do they realize the pain they inflict is real and harmful to others? The bottom-line is they do think the violence they commit to another is cool. But would they even consider the violence if not for the presence of others, or because of someone taking video of the action?
I think that this will play out to: If the person taking the video was in any way involved in the commission of the act, or had foreknowledge the act was going to occur and made the video with the others knowledge, they will be able to be charged with commission of the crime.
What should happen is anyone posting a crime on the Internet without turning the video over to police first, (excluding criminal acts committed by police or other public office) that they should at least be charged with accessory to the crime. I mean, that once the person doing the filming reports the crime and provides the film as evidence, they can then sell the video to the media or post it themselves. My opinion being the need for providing evidence to a crime is more important than that of making adolescent criminals feel cool for being adolescent criminals.
And, that is what the recent video use has been. Making people who are committing wrongs against others, many of them violent and life-threatening, feel cool and being treated as though they are cool by their peers. I seriously doubt many of these acts would have ever happened if not for the “15 minutes of fame” provided by video. The problem is when a persons 15 minutes costs their victim seriously more, which is often the case.