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At long last, America's racist, crazy tough-on-crime prosecutors are losing elections

Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won. Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …

Report finds over 125,000 complaints against more than 25,000 Chicago police officers

An analysis of five decades of police records by The Chicago Tribune found that a small group of Chicago police officers have racked up over 100 complaints each over the course of their respective careers, “including notoriously corrupt cops who wound up in prison but also others whose allegations of repeated wrongdoing were never before made public.” In the rare …

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

The FCC helped create the Stingray pooblem, now it needs to fix it

An outstanding post on the EFF’s Deeplinks blog by my colleague Ernesto Falcon explains the negligent chain of events that led us into the Stingray disaster, where whole cities are being blanketed in continuous location surveillance, without warrants, public consultation, or due process, thanks to the prevalence of “IMSI catchers” (“Stingrays,” “Dirtboxes,” “cell-site simulators,” etc) that spy indiscriminately on anyone carrying a cellular phone …

Merciless reporting on the Chicago Police Department's extortion racket, & the senior officials who covered it up

The more we learn about the Chicago Police Department, the worse it gets — there’s the sabotage of dashcams, the widespread corruption, the investigators fired for refusing to cover up police crimes, off-the-books “black site” where the CPD kidnaps and tortures suspects, the Accountability Task Force Report that called the force racist, corrupt and broken. But there has never been a more …

El Cajon police say unarmed black man pointed vape at officer before he was shot to death

Alfred Okwera Olango, who was black, was fatally shot by police in El Cajon, California on Tuesday. Police in the San Diego suburb city say the 38 year old Ugandan immigrant pointed a vape pen or e-cigarette device at them, before police shot the man to death. Officers were responding to a call of a man behaving erratically, and walking in traffic. Olango’s friends …

Leaked Stingray manual shows how easy warrantless mass surveillance can be!

The Intercept has got hold of a set of Harris’s super-secretive manuals for their even-more-secret Stingray devices: fake cellular towers used to spy indiscriminately on whole populations by hacking their cellphones into giving up identifying information and more. Harris has fought every attempt at transparency in the technical details of these widely deployed mass surveillance tools, arguing that crooks and terrorists would benefit …

It's really easy for fired, dirty cops to walk into a new police job in a new town

Sean Sullivan was fired from his police job in Oregon in 2004 for sexual contact with a 10 year old girl; in 2005, Cedar Vale, KS hired him to be their police chief, where he was accused of having sexual contact with another young girl, and eventually convicted of burglary and criminal conspiracy — he’s currently doing time in a Washington state prison for …

Leaked catalog from UK surveillance arms-dealer full of gadgets sold to US cops

Cobham PLC is a surveillance vendor who sells to some of the world’s most egregious human rights abusing governments; in 2014, they provided a catalog of cyberweapons and spy tools to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, from whom it leaked. The catalog is part of the ongoing transfer of military/nation-state style weapons and tools to local law enforcement departments — the surveillance …

How would you react if you met a tattooed police officer? | Andrew Timming

How would you feel if your local copper had a tiny anchor inked behind her ear? Or if the officer who pulled you over had a full sleeve on his left arm? Earlier this week the Police Federation of England and Wales challenged a ban on visible tattoos “on the beat”. Although the Home Office guidance in respect of tattoos on police officers does not …