Mon, 25 Mar 2019

Articles Posted in the " MN Legislature " 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



  • Dawn of the Police Drones at Hand in Minnesota – Major Questions Unanswered

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    The day has come in which the skies over Hennepin County will start becoming witness to law enforcement unmanned aerial systems (UASs / Drones). The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has acquired a small quadcopter and has already deployed it despite a lack of state law regulating such operations. North Star Post, being both local and devoted to civil liberties, has completed an analysis of the legislation which would impact the use of this (and future drones) and probed the drone policy set forth by HCSO.

    If we can take any cues from his Federal


  • 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




  • 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