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When Fatal Arrests Are Caught on Camera

Eric Garner's death is the latest in a long line of violent police incidents filmed by amateurs.

After Eric Garner was killed on Staten Island while being arrested July 22, the footage of the incident quickly turned into a national debate over the use of force by police.

From Rodney King in the early 1990’s to Oscar Grant in 2009, examples of excessive force by officers caught on tape may have fallen by the wayside, were it not for their being captured on video.

The world of iPhones and Twitter have furthered the exposure of such incidents, which often call police behavior into question.

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