Brandon McKean, (a black man), was walking down the street in Pontiac last Thursday with his hands in his pockets.  That made someone nervous enough to call the police.

Photo by Pete Souza, The White House

When confronted, McKean and the officer both pulled out their phones to videotape the incident that followed.   It’s the world we live in.  Almost everything can end up on video, which might not be such a bad thing.

President Obama is calling for funds to have police wear cameras that will record any interaction an officer has with the public.  Sounds ok to me.  As they say, "an armed society is a polite society", and this might just be an evolution of that concept.


 Click here to see the video posted on Brandon McKean’s Facebook page.

In this video, Brandon McKean is understandably irritated.   In the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, a white police officer stops a black man on a Michigan street on Thanksgiving Day......just for walking with his hands in his pockets.

The Pontiac police officer detained Brandon McKean for “making people nervous,” after he was seen “walking by with your hands in your pockets.” McKean can be heard saying that his hands were in his pockets because it was snowing outside.  He noted that a lot of people in Pontiac were walking around with their hands in their pockets.

McKean and the officer handled the absurdity of the situation with mutual respect.   McKean was angry, but civil.  The cop had a job to do, but didn’t do anything to escalate the situation.

I sure don’t like the idea of my privacy being compromised by cameras spying on me everywhere.  But maybe the idea of being on TV 24/7 for the world to see will make us behave better toward others.  What do you think?   Is the price too high?