In the United States, several police officers have developed a new technique to avoid scandals on social networks. During their interventions, they broadcast Disney songs very loudly, or any other song with a copyright. In this way, the possible people who would film do not hear the conversation and, above all, will not be able to publish the video on YouTube.
Monday, April 11, 11 p.m. In Santa Ana, an American city located south of Los Angeles, a team of police intervenes after they have been informed of a car theft. A YouTuber, living in the neighborhood, begins to film the scene. But, as soon as he is spotted, one of the police cars starts playing, at a very loud volume, the song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, taken from the movie Toy Story.
Rather incongruous at first glance, this situation is however carefully considered by the police. “He knows I can’t post a video on my YouTube channel with music,” explains the Youtuber. In fact, it has been about a year since this technique has been democratized within American police forces. From the Beatles to Taylor Swift, all songs are good as long as they’re copyrighted. And that they will lead to the deletion of the video once on YouTube.
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The police trap the civilians who film their interventions
This practice is therefore not trivial. While scandals about abusive interventions, often leading to the death of the arrested, multiply on the web, the police see it as a way to cover up their actions. As unusual as it is, the technique is effective. Provided that a city councilor does not live nearby.
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Indeed, despite the intervention of a resident complaining about the music, it was not until the arrival of Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, municipal councilor of Santa Ana, that the police stopped the music. “There are children who need to go to school, there are people who work, and you chose to use our taxpayers’ money to disrespect a man with your music”can be heard saying to the agent, adding that this action is “childish”.
In a statement, Santa Ana police said their department did not ask officers to play music during arrests.