Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Articles Posted in the " By: Rich Neumeister " Category


  • When Police Enter Your Home with a Body Camera

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    Most of us in Minnesota have come to realize, our home, abode, our place is the “very core” of the Fourth Amendment for the protection of our privacy. It’s where an individual’s expectation of privacy is at its highest.
    This is being challenged by new technologies, such as the body camera. The body camera which is digitally enhanced, possibly high definition, with the ability of what is captured to be magnified, zoomed, looked at and reviewed over and over again. The body camera systems also have other enhanced features such as facial


  • State Senator Latz Misrepresenting Bodycam Proposal

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    There is no question that the issue of body cameras is an intricate and complex one. Secondly, as someone who has been at the Minnesota Legislature lobbying for four decades I am very much aware of behavior of this institution and the elected officials who make it their workplace.

    When there is a convoluted issue which SF 498 presents to policymakers, for many they may chose to ignore the bill or take partial interest, but for sure they rely on a Senator or two to



  • False Promise of Body Cameras in Minnesota

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    There is a history of a strong dual standard of law enforcement using abrasive/abusive police practices in our country and communities. There has been report after report detailing the long history of police prejudice and bad behavior. Social research in the field has substantiated this behavior for decades. So what are lawmakers doing about it?

    Out of the blue has come an idea which is advancing across the country: body cameras.

    The idea is being pushed by law enforcement as a concept to bring accountability. But they also want to use


  • Who has the Power with Body Cameras – Cops or You?

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    The Minnesota Legislature is being pushed hard by law enforcement interests to make much body camera video unavailable to the public. The Minnesota Senate has already passed a bill making secret a fair amount of body camera video. Law enforcement is pushing hard for secrecy because they want to keep from the public the ability to monitor police prejudice, abusive/abrasive behavior and practices, and the dual standard of law enforcement that is in our community. Bottom line, law enforcement does not want the public to have the power to do the oversight of


  • Police Lobbying for Opaque Body Camera Program in Minnesota

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    In the underbelly of discussion with body cameras in Minnesota is the “it costs too much money” argument. The bemoaning and griping of many law enforcement and local government officials can be heard before the Legislature, city councils, and other venues. Andy Skoogman, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, has said to the Star Tribune protecting “departments from costly and time-consuming editing” from public data requests, is one reason why they support in the Legislature, HF430/SF498. The bill makes basically all videos collected by body cameras private or


  • Secrecy Within the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

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    It is no secret that Minnesota law enforcement generally want to keep hidden from the people new technology that conduct surveillance and monitor people. Just review the past several years of my blog on matters such as Stingray, KingFish, and to some extent automatic license plate readers, among other topics I have written about.

    It was through data request’s that I found out that at least the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), even though the data was limited, owned or operated cellular exploitative devices, such as Kingfish and Stingray. It took the questioning by the State