Thank Steve Jobs and Apple for the SmartPhone

The people of the world should thank Steve Jobs and Apple for inventing the most portable, easily accessible, and user-friendly camera ever made for documentary photography. Apple's version of the smart phone - "the iPhone". From this invention spurred a revolution in smart phone innovation and photography that allowed everyday citizens to document their daily lives. Photographing events during good times, not so good times, and during times of struggle as we are witnessing during the Spring and Summer of 2020.

Without witness video using a smartphone, we would never know about the shooting of Walter Scott in his back five times while fleeing from a Charleston South Carolina police officer. Walter Scott was an unarmed Black man (April 4, 2015).

Without witness video using a smartphone, we would never know the truth about the in-car killing of Philando Castile, another Black man by a Falcon Heights Minnesota police officer. His killing was livestreamed by his girlfriend as she witnessed the police officer shoot Philando. According his girlfriend's testimony, the officer shot Philando twice in the heart after telling the police office he had a gun in his car. Philando was licensed to carry a gun. (July 6, 2016).

Without witness video using a smartphone and security camera footage, we would never know about the events that led up to the senseless killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Minnesota police officer. Based on video evidence, the officer restrained George Floyd by kneeling on his neck while he gasped "I can't breathe" for over eight mintes (May 25, 2020).

In each case, the smart phone by witnesses provided undisputable truth of the events that documented the killing of a Black man. African-Americans, people of color - we owe a debt of gratitude to Steve Jobs and Apple.

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