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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +12 +1

    Why does one California county sheriff have the highest rate of stingray use?

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued the San Bernardino County sheriff over what the advocacy group says is a failure of the law enforcement agency to adequately release public records relating to its use of cell-site simulators, or "stingrays." The lawsuit, Electronic Frontier Foundation v. County of San Bernardino et al., which was filed in county court on Tuesday, explains how a 2015 state law requires that law enforcement agencies in most cases seek a warrant to use the surveillance devices. Prior to the law's passage...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +8 +1

    Apple seems to have completely blocked police password cracking tool in iOS 12

    Earlier this year, Apple updated iOS to block passcode cracking tools like GrayKey (used by police and government law enforcement officers). But the original iOS 11.4.1 patch wasn’t perfect, with researchers still finding ways around it. That seems to have changed with the release of iOS 12 last month, which a recent Forbes report notes appears to have completely blocked the GrayKey tool, preventing it from cracking the password of any devices running the latest software.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +2 +1

    N.W.T. man becomes first convicted under Criminal Code for unsafe drone use

    A Northwest Territories judge has reluctantly accepted a plea bargain for a man who repeatedly lied to police and flew a drone in airspace used by planes taking off and landing at the Yellowknife airport. It marks the first time somebody has been convicted under the Criminal Code of dangerous operation of an aircraft as a result of illegally flying a drone, according to RCMP.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +12 +1

    Court: Teen’s driving killed someone, but he can’t be forced to give up passcode

    A Florida state appellate court has ruled that an inebriated teenager involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of another person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode to his iPhone 7—the boy can indeed invoke a Fifth Amendment privilege, protecting him against self-incrimination. The October 24 ruling in G.A.Q.L. v. State of Florida before the 4th District appellate court runs against a previous ruling by a sister court in a case known as State of Florida v. Stahl.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +20 +1

    Your DNA Is Out There. Do You Want Law Enforcement Using It?

    On the afternoon of Nov. 18, 1987, Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg left Saanich, B.C., their hometown, to pick up some furnace equipment in Seattle for Cook’s father. Saanich and Seattle are a little more than 100 miles apart, but the trip takes almost five hours: a ferry into the U.S. across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, another across Puget Sound, and between them a winding coastal drive through evergreen forests and fishing towns. The young couple planned to make an overnight jaunt of it.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by baron778
    +29 +1

    Police are using artificial intelligence to spot written lies

    A tool that identifies false robbery reports is being rolled out across Spain

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by zritic
    +25 +1

    Can we predict when and where a crime will take place?

    Predictive policing using data analytics is gaining acceptance among police forces, but at what cost?

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +18 +1

    Passcodes are protected by Fifth Amendment, says court

    The government isn’t really after the password, after all; it’s after any potential evidence it protects. In other words: fishing expedition.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +29 +1

    Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists — but Don’t Tell the New York Times

    Over the weekend, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy and in-depth piece on how U.S. law enforcement has willfully ignored the threat of white supremacist extremism for decades. The author, Janet Reitman, takes an ostensibly deep dive into how law enforcement — particularly federal agencies — has neglected the growth of the violent far right, in part owing to Republican political agenda setting. For a story framed around a “blind spot,” though, the piece itself is hobbled by an egregious case of sightlessness.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by jedlicka
    +29 +1

    Super recognisers: the people who never forget a face

    We all have an innate ability to pick a face out of a crowd. But some can memorise thousands of people – often seen only fleetingly on CCTV. Alex Moshakis meets the ‘super recognisers’

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +23 +1

    Swatter behind deadly 'Call of Duty' hoax pleads guilty to 51 charges

    Tyler Barriss is poised to face a stiff punishment for the game-related swatting call that ultimately killed Wichita resident Andrew Finch, not to mention a host of other crimes. Barriss has pleaded guilty to 51 charges as part of a deal, including making a false report resulting in death as well as bomb threats to numerous US states and Canada. The agreement will see him face at least 20 years in prison if the judge approves the terms.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +2 +1

    Man Who Made Fatal 'Swatting' Hoax Call Pleads Guilty To 51 Charges

    Tyler Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to making a false report resulting in a death, after he placed a hoax call late last year that resulted in police fatally shooting an unarmed man in Wichita, Kan. Barriss pleaded guilty to a total of 51 charges as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced in January, The Associated Press reports.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +15 +1

    Spanish police recruit mistreated puppy

    Spanish police are asking for help naming a rescued puppy that they plan to train as a new member of the force. Responding to a call, the authorities in Granada found a man kicking a German shepherd on the street. After stopping the man and rushing the dog to hospital, the officers decided to adopt and recruit the puppy.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by larylin
    +16 +1

    How a selfie saved a Williamson County man from 99 years in prison

    The morning of September 22, 2017, Cristopher Precopia went to work at a lumber yard in Georgetown. By the end of the day, he was in jail facing 99 years in prison. But he didn't know why. Why had police come to his work and arrested him? Why was he being accused of these horrible crimes? Who was accusing him? She said he broke into her home in Temple. She said he sliced an "X" into her chest with a box cutter.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence

    A police officer in Alabama proposed murdering a black resident and creating bogus evidence to suggest the killing was in self-defence, the Guardian has learned. Officer Troy Middlebrooks kept his job and continues to patrol Alexander City after authorities there paid the man $35,000 to avoid being publicly sued over the incident. Middlebrooks, a veteran of the US marines, said the man “needs a god damn bullet” and allegedly...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Petrox
    +41 +1

    Chicago announces new police training for dealing with mentally ill

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, facing sharp criticism over police shootings of civilians, announced reforms on Friday to address how police and other emergency workers respond to the mentally ill, including new crisis training for officers.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +31 +1

    Vietnamese police offer cash for reporting crimes

    A police department in Vietnam is offering cash for tip-offs that lead to crimes being solved or criminals apprehended. Officials in District 12 of Ho Chi Minh City - the country's largest city - say they want to make local residents more engaged in "fighting crime and securing the community", the Tuoi Tre News website reports.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +20 +1

    FBI: Orlando killer referred to Tsarnaev brothers as his 'homeboys' in 911 call

    The FBI is reviewing its contacts with Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, but so far hasn't found any lapse in its dealings with him, Director James Comey said Monday. "We will continue to look forward in this investigation and backward," Comey said in a nationally televised statement in Washington. "We will leave no stone unturned and we will work all day and all night to understand the path to that terrible night."

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by weekendhobo
    +36 +1

    Hawaii becomes first U.S. state to place gun owners on FBI database

    Hawaii's governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. The move by gun control proponents in the liberal state represents an effort to institute some limits on firearms in the face of a bitter national debate over guns that this week saw Democratic lawmakers stage a sit-in at the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +2 +1

    Huge cocaine haul found in horse head

    A third person has been arrested after the country's largest ever cocaine haul was found inside a diamante horse sculpture. A Mexican man was arrested in Christchurch, and police say further arrests are likely. A 44-year-old Mexican National and a 56-year-old US national were arrested at Auckland International Airport last night. Customs Officers first had suspicions in May of a 400kg diamante-encrusted horse, which had been freighted into the country from Mexico.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +7 +1

    Cop who drew gun on man filming him says man deserved it

    In May, we told you of a lawsuit involving a Rohnert Park, California, cop who looked ready to fire his handgun at a man who was filming him. Last year's standoff happened right outside the resident's house. Claiming civil rights violations, the alleged victim sued (PDF) the officer and police department that is located about an hour north of San Francisco. The police department and officer, David Rodriguez, have now responded to the lawsuit. They essentially say it was resident Don McComas' fault from the get go and that McComas' own actions outside his house prompted the officer to draw his weapon on the Rohnert Park man.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +27 +1

    Here’s a better way to punish the police: Sue them for money

    Jon O. Newman is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The acquittal Thursday of another Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, like the acquittal 25 years ago of the Los Angeles officers who beat Rodney King, reveals the inadequacy of the criminal-law remedy. Suing the police for money under a strengthened federal civil rights law would be a better response to police misconduct.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +15 +1

    Man Severely Injured by Explosion in New York's Central Park

    The explosive that severely injured a man in New York's Central Park today was likely "an experiment with fireworks or explosives," but did not seem like a device made deliberately to hurt anyone, officials said. It was still not clear exactly what the explosive was, but police said they did not believe it was connected to terrorism. Mark Torre, commanding officer of the NYPD bomb squad, added that investigators are leaning toward considering this the work of an explosive "hobbyist," an amateur or someone who knows chemistry.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +33 +1

    Student Drug Informant Found With a Bullet in His Head and Rocks in His Backpack

    When police found Andrew Sadek selling $80 worth of pot, they pressured him into being a confidential informant and told him to go after ‘harder drugs.’ Then he turned up dead. On Andrew Sadek’s 20th birthday, North Dakota police made him an offer: moonlight as a confidential informant and avoid rotting in prison. It was November 2013, and Sadek had never been in trouble before. Months earlier, he’d sold a small amount of pot—$20 and $60 worth—to a narc at his school, the North Dakota State College of Science.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by 66bnats
    +48 +1

    Graphic video shows black man bleeding after police shooting in Falcon Heights (NSFL)

    A disturbing video, purportedly shot by a black couple driving in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, was posted to Facebook Wednesday night. If the events depicted in the video are accurate, they are among the most upsetting depictions of police violence against civilians captured to date.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +21 +1

    Baton Rouge police database 'hacked' in retaliation for killing of Alton Sterling

    Just days after the fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge police prompted international outrage and a Justice Department investigation, the Baton Rouge city government's servers have been "hacked" and 50,000 city police records leaked online including names, addresses, emails, and phone numbers. A hacker named @0x2Taylor claimed responsibility for accessing the database on Thursday afternoon. It is unclear whether Taylor accessed the data himself or was given it by a third-party and took credit.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by roxxy
    +23 +1

    The Bahamas’ new U.S. travel advisory: Use ‘extreme caution’ around police

    Over 90 percent of residents in the Bahamas are black, and Monday is a national holiday, when some travel north from the archipelago to vacation in the United States. But following deadly police shootings this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota — and an ambush of white officers in Texas — the island nation on Friday advised its residents to be extra careful if they choose to do travel here.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by kong88
    +25 +1

    Missouri police officer 'fighting for his life' after ambush shooting

    A suburban St. Louis police officer was in critical condition late Friday after he was shot in the neck in what investigators described as an "ambush" following a traffic stop. Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott said the unidentified officer was walking to his car after the initial conversation with the motorist he stopped for speeding Friday morning when that driver "advanced quickly" on him from behind, firing at least three shots. The officer "had no chance at all" to pull his handgun and "was completely helpless," Scott said, noting the encounter was recorded by the police car's dashcam.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +53 +1

    Obama: As painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested

    Speaking in Poland on Saturday, Obama addressed the recent events in Dallas, as well as the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. "This has been a tough week. First and foremost for the families [of] who'd been killed. But also for the entire American family," he said. But "as painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested," he added.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +32 +1

    Off-duty NYPD cop likely will be charged for road rage slaying

    After new video has surfaced showing an off-duty NYPD officer gunning down another man, experts say the officer will likely be fired.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by belangermira
    +18 +1

    Facebook Just Put Up a Huge 'Black Lives Matter' Sign at Its Headquarters

    Good job, Zuck. It’s been a long, tragic week. On Tuesday, an officer shot and killed Alton Sterling in Louisiana while he was being held down. Then on Wednesday, Facebook Live captured the death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, who was shot by police during a traffic stop. During a peaceful protest in Dallas on Thursday over those killings, a sniper killed multiple police officers and injured others. To end the week, on Friday, Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters put up a giant sign declaring that “Black Lives Matter” and held a moment of silence for the people who had died.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +27 +1

    Don’t support laws you are not willing to kill to enforce

    Yale Law School Professor Stephen Carter – a prominent left of center legal scholar – has an excellent column highlighting an important lesson of the recent tragic death of Eric Garner at the hands of a New York City police officer. Unlike the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, where there was conflicting witness testimony, this killing was pretty obviously indefensible, and has been condemned by observers across the political spectrum. But, as Carter emphasizes, incidents like this are also a predictable consequence of the overextension of the regulatory state...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +1

    Mexico Ombudsman: Slain Student Was Brutally Tortured

    A classmate of 43 college students who disappeared in 2014 had been tortured before his body was found the day after the others went missing, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said Monday. A new autopsy determined 22-year-old Julio Cesar Mondragon suffered 64 fractures in 40 bones, mostly in his skull, face and spine, said Jose Trinidad Larrieta, who has led the commission's investigation in the case. But Larrieta added that Mondragon's face was not skinned by his captors as some people had alleged, saying animals were responsible. The student died prior to that of brain injuries, he said.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +27 +1

    North Carolina holds police camera videos from public record

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Democratic challenger for governor, said Tuesday that the state’s new law excluding police camera recordings from the public record goes too far. The law puts North Carolina among about a half dozen states that specifically exclude body and dash cam recordings from open records laws. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed it Monday. It allows a person shown in a video to ask police to view the recording, it but not copy it.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rawlings
    +29 +1

    Cop-Protection Bill Could Send Thousands to Federal Prison

    After years of Capitol Hill talk about repealing laws that require mandatory minimum prison sentences, the fatal shooting of five policemen in Dallas has inspired consideration of creating new federal crimes that would force judges to impose stiff sanctions. The Back the Blue Act, offered Wednesday by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, would make killing a federal judge, federal law enforcement officer or a "federally funded public safety officer" punishable by a minimum of 30 years in prison.