USA Today (10/15/10) has a valuable article by Kevin Johnson on citizen's use of video to document police brutality–citing numerous examples where such recording was instrumental in exposing violent behavior on the part of cops.
The piece also includes the perspective of cops who don't want to be videotaped, who produce zero evidence for their assertion that such taping "has had a chilling effect on some officers who are now afraid to act for fear of retribution by video."
USA Today's editors, though, put those unsubstantiated claims in the article's subhead in the print edition–"Are Incidents Caught on Tape Hindering Officers?"–as well as in the main headline over the continuation of the story on page 2: "Some Fear Videos Create a 'Chilling Effect' by Making Police Hesitant."
It's a striking demonstration of the corporate media's instinctive attraction to power.