Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Police " Category

  • ICYMI #18: Tony Webster – Freedom of Information & Land of 10,000 Cameras

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    Sam interviews public records researcher Tony Webster. Webster has begun receiving documents from a lawsuit against Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. These emails, documents, and other revelations paint a disturbing picture of government secrecy and the creation of a digital panopticon here in Minnesota. NSP has been furthering the investigation and will be publishing our results very soon.

    Real-time facial recognition camera networks, crowd iris scan, behavioral recognition enhanced by artificial intelligence, and other Orwellian advancements will all be upon us soon.

    This lawsuit will be remembered as


  • Feds Again Refuse to Bring Charges Against Police Who Killed Jamar Clark

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    Noting the high threshold required by US federal law to bring civil rights charges against the officers involved in the Jamar Clark shooting, the Minneapolis FBI today announced there will be no indictment against the Minneapolis police involved. This concluded the second federal inquiry into the November shooting death of unarmed Jamar Clark.

    FBI officials explain that it was “not enough to show that the officers made a mistake” and that the FBI had to show the officers “specifically intended to commit a crime” and deprive Clark of his constitutional rights.

    Repeatedly stating the requirement that




  • ICYMI #17: Mike Katz-Lacabe – The Center for Human Rights & Privacy

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    Sam interviews Mike Katz-Lacabe who has been requesting documentation from law enforcement agencies across the United States to determine which possess surveillance gear. Mike and his wife established The Center for Human Rights and Privacy, the website of which includes a regularly updated blog covering their work.

    These significant contributions made towards transparency and public awareness of government surveillance – specifically cell-site simulators and license plate readers – has informed journalists and activists around the nation. The documents provided by Mike’s efforts have lead to numerous


  • 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

    State Sen. Ron Latz – courtesy senate.mn

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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



  • Freddie Gray, FBI Planes and Civil Unrest: Baltimore 1 Year Later

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    I run into Bailey as she is stepping out of her car in downtown Baltimore. It has been almost a year since waves of protests shook the city following the death of Freddie Gray, but she remembers those days well. “I live off Fulton Street, right where everything was happening – the rioting, the looting around there.

    “Now everything’s pretty much the same around there.”

    The words have barely left her mouth when we are interrupted by the sirens of a BPD patrol car as it pulls


  • Investigations Raise Constitutional, Legal Concerns Over Aerial Surveillance

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    North Star Post has learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relies on forty year old Supreme Court rulings to justify warrantless aerial surveillance and does not seek warrants when fielding intrusive electronic surveillance gear. Documents obtained by NSP through Freedom of Information requests show that the FBI does not consider their actions in these regards to constitute a search.

    The ACLU revealed a great deal of information on purchase orders of intrusive electronic surveillance technology from several federal agencies including the DEA and the FBI of which we have reported on a great deal.