We focused on a small sample of videos captured in Sunset Park, Brooklyn between 2002-2014 — a largely Latinx and Asian community. A significant portion of the collection was from the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade — an event that has been met with recurring police abuse. The videos in the collection were filmed by or directly shared with El Grito de Sunset Park.
These videos, related media and court documents showed certain officers that have been repeatedly involved in violent altercations with the community year after year. And, despite this history of abuse, negative media, and videos showing violent acts — these abusive officers often continue to serve on the NYPD and receive promotions and overtime.
ABOUT THE VIDEOS
The El Grito Police Profile represents one example of how to examine multiple videos of police abuse in relation to other information sources. The officer reviewed here — Ciardiello — featured multiple times in the videos we reviewed and in the stories we heard from activists. He is known in the community, by legal services providers, is named in numerous court cases, has been subject of negative media reports, and yet receives regular raises and promotions. Learn more and see full profile here.
Working With Metadata
Simply put, metadata is data about data. Metadata is essential because it makes it possible to identify, find, understand and analyze video. For example, knowing where a video was shot, when, and by whom, is extremely important for understanding the video content.
As a first step towards creating a database structure for El Grito’s videos, we collected and created metadata for the videos in this project. We took an organic approach to this process, starting with a very limited set of assumptions and working in close collaboration with El Grito to review, verify and tag the videos. Based on our process and learnings from tagging and describing the videos, we explored ways to best structure the data and came up with a sample metadata model.