The second of two blog entries from Balko over at The Agitator.
Packman's efforts would be sorely missed.
ETA - FWIW, I'm going to put my name in the hat as well.
I think between Mrs. AF and myself, we might be able to make it go.
We'll see what happens.
Save Injustice Everywhere
Saturday, April 7th, 2012
David Packman, who has been tirelessly documenting police misconduct for three years at his Injustice Everywhere blog, writes that he may soon need to quit the project.
I’m not sure what can be done to save the site. It seems that more than just a round of donations (though I’m sure he’d appreciate if you donated), it looks as if he can really only continue the project if it can become a full time job for him.
I’m posting here because I think the site is valuable and the project should continue on. Maybe someone who reads this has some ideas on how to make sure that happens.
Whatever happens, he deserves a ton of praise for what he’s already done. Packman mostly just documents, but when he does editorialize, he usually does so with restraint, drawing on the incidents he has documented. On too many occasions to count, his site has helped me find and research stories.
If there’s some think tank or civil liberties group out there that might consider hosting and sponsoring what Packman does, it would do us all an important service.
Proposal for handing over the NPMSRP
April 8th, 2012
As I mentioned in Friday’s daily report, my employment situation is now such that I can no longer reliably track reports and do all the tasks necessary for properly running this project. Generally, when done right, this project takes up approximately 60+ hours a week and the kind of work I do now just doesn’t afford me the time to do this.
Since there isn’t a way that this project would make enough income to replace my regular job and since my regular job isn’t compatible with this project, I have little choice but to either hand it over to someone else, or end it. Accordingly, I’ve asked for those interested in taking it over to step forward with their plans and, with the intention of letting the project’s supporters have a say, I want to make their intentions for the site public and let the readers voice their opinions on who should take it over.
So, I want to give the people or organizations until Tuesday night to submit their intentions to me via email at email@example.com. I will help each interested party understand just what they are taking on, explain the processes involved in running the project, and answer any questions they might have.
The interested parties, in turn, will write a single paragraph pitch for their intentions that includes why they should be chosen as the party to take over the project and give that to me by midnight, Tuesday.
On Wednesday I will name each interested party (in alias if so requested) and put up a poll so that everyone can vote on their choice. Readers can also debate the merits/detractors for each choice in the comment section of that post as well.
By Friday, 5:00 Pacific, the poll will close and the final choice will be made. Barring any attempts at rigging the vote, the winner of the poll will be given administrative rights to the site, email system, and Twitter account that same day, and the handover will be completed and official after I post one final time that evening.
Currently there appears to be three potentially interested parties, though that may change. If anyone wishes to suggest any alterations to this plan, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
Good luck to the potential new owners of the project, and good luck to everyone else as well… and thank you all for your support.