Whether it's Eric Garner or Ray Rice, raw video drives national conversation

December 9, 2014 3:23 PM

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Not the polished and buffed ones produced and packaged during the TV era by the networks and cable channels to sell cars, beer and cosmetics. But rather the raw, often disturbing ones passing unfiltered from security cameras or the hands of citizens armed with the latest digital technology to our computers, smartphones and TV screens.

If you call the footage of Ray Rice brutally punching his then-fiancee in an elevator shocking, what adjective do you use to describe the images of white police officers taking down and piling on Eric Garner as he repeatedly pleads that he "can't breathe"?

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