Original Auditors, known then as Cop Blockers or Cop Watchers, were focused on recording police interactions during traffic stops. Suspected by many to have held grudges against the police for interactions of their own, these individuals took to the streets with video cameras in-hand, seeking out police officers and, at times, creating distractions for the officers in an effort to goad them into misconduct.
Over time, though, the Auditors came to realize that they were actually performing journalistic duties - photographing and videoing matters of public interest for dissemination to the public. As such, they began to see themselves as journalists and, while still seeking out corruption and misconduct, most adjusted their conduct. The majority took on the role of objective observer instead of, as some would say, instigator.
Others have gone further and turned their efforts such that they combine journalistic and educational opportunities.
While still gathering information of public interest - namely how people, including and sometimes primarily public or government employees, react to someone recording video from public spaces - for public dissemination, the Auditors attempt to educate the public and others on their rights to do so.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution affirms five basic rights to Americans - the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, the freedom to peacefully assemble, the freedom to redress grievances to the government, and the freedom to a free press.
It is primarily the last freedom listed there that is the focus of today's Auditors. They seek to educate the public and others that the U.S. Supreme Court has, in essence, ruled that anyone gathering information, via any medium (including photographs or video), regarding matters of public interest and intended for dissemination, again via any medium (newspaper, television newscast, social media, or other), is considered a journalist. Similarly, the U.S. Supreme Court had defined public spaces and developed a doctrine of "time, place, and manner" for journalistic and other activities.
Along with that, and as some have attempted to pervert the intentions of the U.S. Supreme Court in the rulings regarding these aspects of the First Amendment, other court cases, most at the Circuit or District Court levels with some reaching the Supreme Court, have further affirmed a journalist's right to video record the activities of public officials and employees (although there really is no difference) in the course of their duties.
The Auditors attempt to use their journalistic distinction to educate all around them of these rulings and of the rights affirmed within the First Amendment and the court rulings.
The mantra of the Auditors has become:
We are here to take pictures and video from public and publicly accessible places, and make sure that our right to do so is respected.