I noticed something interesting while trying to view the cell phone footage of Kajieme Powell’s shooting from an Atlantic article, and it has me puzzled. There’s a little addition to the URL of the video:
This is presumably the UNIX time stamp that the author viewed the video, and approved the warning that states that the video has been flagged as controversial. Well, the problem was that since it was included with the video link, it screwed up YouTube’s approval feature. If you visit that link and click “Continue,” you might find you’re redirected to
Which, if you keep clicking, might get you more permutations.
Or you might get this:
Now, on any other site, this would not blow my mind. But when was the last time you remember YouTube having a technical “oops”? I tried to find other videos that included this URL parameter, and the results were, again, surprising. I’ll let you do that one for yourself, since I don’t want to link to any results or even the search here.
The results mostly fall into a few categories: Nazi/racist propaganda, terrorism in various forms, and shock movies like Salo.
Now, let’s compare that first link to one of the first results for “cops shoot”:
It has over a million views, and graphically depicts virtually the same scene with no context provided at the beginning, and with more blood. This is relevant because YouTube’s content policy states:
It’s not okay to post violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information.
More context is provided throughout the video, but it would be difficult to argue that the purpose of that video is anything other than shocking people. However, you will note if you visit the link, that YouTube is perfectly happy to let anyone view that video on first visit. I’ve confirmed this from several web proxies with no cookies, so I’m guessing it’s not just me.
So now we come back to the original video. Why is it lumped in with such horrible neighbors? Could it be that one video of a man being gunned down in his driveway doesn’t matter, but that this particular video has some special significance? And what would that significance be? Maybe you can figure that one out yourself.