It’s not easy to control police use of tech—even with a law

It’s not easy to control police use of tech—even with a law

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In 2018, Oakland enacted an innovative law giving citizens a voice in police use of surveillance technology. The Electronic Frontier Foundation called it “the new gold standard in community control of police surveillance.” Since then, about 20 other cities have adopted similar laws.

Now, Brian Hofer, one of the architects of Oakland’s law, says it’s not working. Earlier this month, Hofer filed suit against the city and the police department, saying they had repeatedly violated the law.

“We ignored human nature,” Hofer says in an interview. “Police don’t like to be transparent. Surveillance technology use is by design secretive, and no self-interested party is going to voluntarily highlight anything negative about their own proposal.” A spokesperson for the Oakland Police Department says it doesn’t comment on ongoing legal matters.

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Murder Rose by Almost 30% in 2020. It’s Rising at a Slower Rate in 2021.

The increase in U.S. murders this summer does not appear to be as large as the record spike last summer.

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Justice Dept. to Review Enforcement of Civil Rights Protections in Grants

The review, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to make preserving civil rights protections a priority, applies to federal funding for local law enforcement agencies.

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Police in Aurora, Colo., Engaged in Racially Biased Policing, Investigation Finds

The inquiry by the Colorado Department of Law began after the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a young Black man who was stopped by the police, put into a chokehold and injected with a powerful anesthetic.

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In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

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A Year After Unrest, a Scarred Kenosha Still Waits to Rebuild

“It shook the foundation,” a City Council member said of the protests that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake last summer.

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Justice Dept. Imposes Limits on Oversight of Local Police

The changes address longstanding requests of police departments, who had said that monitors overseeing policing overhauls needed more accountability.

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LA police ask people they stop for their Facebook and Twitter account info

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers walking through Union Station.

Enlarge / Los Angeles Police Department officers patrol Union Station on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Irfan Khan)

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) instructs officers to collect social media account information and email addresses when they interview people they have detained, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

The Brennan Center filed public records requests with LAPD and police departments from other major cities, finding among other things that “the LAPD instructs its officers to broadly collect social media account information from those they encounter in person using field interview (FI) card.” The LAPD initially resisted making documents available but supplied over 6,000 pages after the Brennan Center sued the department.

One such document, a memo from then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in May 2015, said that “When completing a FI report, officers should ask for a person’s social media and e-mail account information and include it in the ‘Additional Info’ box.” That includes Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook profiles, the memo said.

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Loveland, Colo., to Pay $3 Million to Woman With Dementia Who Was Arrested

The settlement comes more than a year after Karen Garner, then 73, was grabbed by a police officer and flung to the ground for allegedly shoplifting from a Walmart.

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Colombia’s Troubles Put a President’s Legacy on the Line

In an interview, Iván Duque defended his performance amid the pandemic and social strife, which could prompt a leftward shift in elections next year.

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As Shootings Increase, N.Y.C Returns to Disputed Tactic: Gang Takedowns

The authorities are responding to a wave of gun violence. But their anti-gang tactics have long faced criticism for unfairly targeting young Black people.

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Video Surfaces of Louisiana Trooper Beating a Black Man

The trooper, Jacob Brown, who was charged with assaulting Aaron Larry Bowman in May 2019 and later resigned, defended the attack as “pain compliance.”

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Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?

Turning their backs on the ones who had their backs.

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Eric Adams, Once a Political Outsider, Conquers the Inside Game

Mr. Adams won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City by portraying himself as a working-class politician who understood the concerns of average New Yorkers.

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After Another Times Square Shooting, Police Officers Will ‘Flood’ Area

The second shooting in the tourist destination in two months came as New York City is emerging from the pandemic and confronting a wave of gun violence.

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What Does Eric Adams, Working-Class Champion, Mean for the Democrats?

Mr. Adams, who ran a campaign focused on appealing to blue-collar Black and Latino voters, said America does not “want fancy candidates.”

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Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year

Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year’s George Floyd protests. About a third of the force quit or retired.

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In N.Y.C., Black Is Back

Black candidates are leading in this New York City election. Can they avoid the pitfalls?

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Biden Aims to Bolster Police Departments as Homicides Increase

The president made clear that he intends to approach crime prevention by investing in, rather than defunding, the police as he waded into an urgent national debate over policing.

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Want to Get Trump Re-elected? Dismantle the Police.

The Trump G.O.P.’s voter-suppression efforts and surging murder rates leave Democrats vulnerable.

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The Debate Over Policing Is About to Get Some Real Answers

In Tuesday’s primary for mayor of New York City, Democrats have a choice between two distinctly different paths on policing, crime and civil rights.

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‘Keep an Eye on This Guy’: Inside Eric Adams’s Complicated Police Career

Mr. Adams’s police credentials have helped him rise to the top of this year’s mayoral field. But his relationship with the department is complex.

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Ring gave cops free cameras to build and promote surveillance network

Ring gave cops free cameras to build and promote surveillance network

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When Ring wanted to boost sales of it surveillance cameras and burnish its self-styled image as a crime-fighting company, it embarked on a brand-ambassador marketing campaign that would be familiar to many startups. But rather than chase down the Instagram influencers or beat bloggers, the company instead wooed officers at the Los Angeles Police Department.

For years, including during Amazon’s early ownership of the company, Ring gave no fewer than 100 LAPD officers free devices or discount codes worth tens of thousands of dollars, and possibly more, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times.

Emails obtained by the LA Times through a public records request reveal Ring employees encouraging LAPD officers to “spread the word about how this doorbell is proven to reduce crime in neighborhoods” and offering freebies and discounts.

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50 Police Officers Step Down From a Crowd Control Unit in Portland

The officers voted to leave the unit, known as the Rapid Response Team, hours after one of its members was charged with assaulting a woman at an Oregon protest in August.

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Ex-Mayor on Duterte’s ‘Narco Politician’ List Is Killed in the Philippines

The death came three days after the International Criminal Court’s departing chief prosecutor requested a full investigation into the bloody war on drugs in the Philippines.

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Police in Pakistan Spark Outrage With Free Burger Demands

Tired of law enforcement corruption, the owners of a fast-food chain in Pakistan sought justice over social media.

#corruption-institutional, #lahore-pakistan, #pakistan, #police, #restaurants, #social-media

Biden Administration Forms Blueprint to Combat Domestic Extremism

The plan synthesizes recommendations throughout the government that would aim to identify extremists in the United States after years of heightened focus on terrorists abroad.

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As Battle Against Virus Wanes, Mayors Confront a New Challenge: Crime

Most city leaders, eager to rejuvenate downtown economies, have lifted coronavirus restrictions. But rising violent crime has kept both residents and tourists at home.

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Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

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Departures of Police Officers Accelerated During a Year of Protests

Retirements nationwide were up by 45 percent and resignations by 18 percent in the 12-month period ending in April.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-executive-research-forum, #police-reform, #united-states

Elite German Police Unit Disbanded Over Far-Right Group Chat

The move against the unit in Frankfurt is the latest by German authorities to clamp down on a rise in far-right networks in several state security units and in the military.

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Officials Remove Tile Viewed as Offensive from Detroit Museum-Sponsored Mural

The tile, installed beneath a mural sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts and intended to honor police officers, contained imagery that some associate with a rebuke of racial justice.

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3 Columbus Officers Are Charged With Misconduct in George Floyd Protests

The officers face criminal prosecution for responses to demonstrations last year that Mayor Andrew Ginther said “did not meet my expectations or the community’s.”

#columbus-ohio, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-columbus-ohio

After a Year of Protests, Portland Is Ready to Move On. But Where?

The demonstrations that swept the country after George Floyd’s death lived on for much of the year in Portland, a city now engaged in finger-pointing and a debate over what comes next.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-reform, #portland-ore

Boston Police Commissioner Is Fired After Domestic Violence Allegations Emerge

Dennis White had served for two days before he was placed on leave because of accusations from two decades ago. He has dismissed them as false and tainted by racism.

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August Vollmer ‘Abolished’ the Police — in 1905

Reshaping American policing is not some shocking new idea from the radical left.

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How a Police Chief in Wyoming’s Ranchlands Lost Her War on Drugs

A campaign over meth, money and accountability cost law enforcement officers in Guernsey, Wyo., their jobs. Now their lawsuits are prying open the town’s secrets.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police, #wyoming

Bill Bratton Discusses Police Reform With Maureen Dowd

America’s top cop on better policing, race relations, Chauvin, Biden, Rudy and Andrew. 

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Harvey Schlossberg, Cop With a Ph.D. in Defusing a Crisis, Dies at 85

A psychologist who had worn the blue, he coached thousands of New York City police officers in hostage negotiations, creating a model for law enforcement.

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Ronald Greene’s Mother Calls for Troopers to Be Charged in His Death

Mona Hardin, Mr. Greene’s mother, said a lack of accountability for her son’s death in Louisiana State Police custody in 2019 was “inhumane.”

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G.O.P. Rivals Trade Insults in Chaotic N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, and Fernando Mateo, a restaurateur, yelled at each other repeatedly during the free-wheeling virtual debate.

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After Skirting Filibuster Fight for Months, Democrats Near a First Battle

The looming vote on creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol assault could reignite a clash over the Senate blocking tactic. Activists worry that time is short for a bid to eliminate it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #gun-control, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #mcconnell-mitch, #police, #schumer-charles-e, #sinema-kyrsten, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tamir Rice’s Mother Asks Court to Block Rehiring of Officer Who Killed Her Son

Samaria Rice wants the Ohio Supreme Court to keep the man who killed her son in 2014 from being reinstated as a Cleveland police officer. The former officer, Timothy Loehmann, was never charged.

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What Ronald Greene’s Death Reveals About Police Killings

The officers involved in Ronald Greene’s death aren’t just a few bad apples. It is the whole tree that is shading the truth.

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How a Secretive Legal Process Protects Police From Charges

Grand jury minutes in the investigation into Daniel Prude’s death reveal the many ways the criminal justice system struggles when prosecuting the police.

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Shows Like ‘Cops’ Fell Out of Favor. Now Texas May Ban Them.

Lawmakers passed a bill named for Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after officers arrested him in front of a “Live PD” television crew. If the governor signs it, this would mean the end of police cooperation with reality TV shows.

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Violent Crime Is Spiking. Do Liberals Have an Answer?

James Forman Jr. on the wicked problem of crime and the messy politics of safety

#crime-and-criminals, #forman-james-jr, #police, #washington-dc

Judge Drops Murder Charges Against Two Officers Accused of Body-Slamming Man

Officers Desmond Barney and Lincoln Lampley were charged last year with killing George Robinson, 62, in Mississippi.

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Former Colorado Police Officers Face Charges in Arrest of Woman With Dementia

One former officer with the Loveland Police Department was charged with assault and another was charged with not reporting a case of excessive force or intervening while it happened, prosecutors said.

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With Violence Rising, Can a Gentler Prosecutor Keep His Seat?

Larry Krasner, the district attorney who reduced incarceration in Philadelphia, faces a challenger who blames him for a spike in shootings and homicides.

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