Posts Tagged 'Police':
The police department of Rialto, CA, is currently experimenting with requiring its officers to wear tiny lapel cameras to record audio and visual of all their interactions with citizens. So far, the results have been remarkable, to put it mildly: Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.
by Wolf Richter | Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 6:44PM We’ve been teased for weeks with tantalizing leaks about the NSA, its cohorts in corporate America, and their programs and technologies that capture, store, and mine vast amounts of our personal data obtained from the internet and telecommunications. Data is power. And money. It’s for our own good, we’re told incessantly.
By Rob Walker BBC World Service, Florida | 26 March 2013 "Snitches" are staple fare in Hollywood crime dramas, often working secretly with the police to bring down mafia godfathers or powerful drug cartels. The reality of informants in the US criminal justice system is usually rather different. Take the case of 46-year-old John Horner, a fast-food restaurant worker who was prescribed painkillers after he lost an eye in an accident in 2000. Three years ago he was befriended by a man called Matt (not his real name).
By Robert Stevens | 2 March 2013 Former high-level Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos told the UK’s New Statesman last week that discussions had taken place between senior Greek politicians and the armed forces on the military’s response to what Chrysanthopoulos described as an “explosion of social unrest” expected to occur “quite soon.” Chrysanthopoulos said that in the coming months, “There will be further increases in armed actions. There will be bloody demonstrations.” Without giving details, he said, “There are contacts by certain politicians with elements in the armed forces to guarantee that in the event of major social unrest, the army will not intervene.”
Published: 17 November, 2012, 22:09 Eurozone crisis: Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget) Around 5,000 Spanish police officers marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest government austerity measures, including frozen pensions and the elimination of their Christmas bonuses. Officers travelled from across Spain to take part in the demonstration which was called by the nation’s main policing union.
Facebook and other social platforms are watching users’ chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report. The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language. The software pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such as a wide age gap. The scanning program is also “smart” — it’s taught to keep an eye out for certain phrases found in the previously obtained chat records from criminals including sexual predators.
Written by Ternura Rojas | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:59 A 2-page handout (suitable for double-sided printing) created by the #GlobalMay group. "WE HAVE CREATED THIS HANDOUT WITH ADVICE FOR NON-VIOLENT ACTIONS AND TACTICS TO AVOID ATTACKS." [source] Download PDF version below:
Craig Monteilh describes how he pretended to be a radical Muslim to root out potential threats, shining a light on the bureau's more ethically murky practices The ex-FBI informant with a change of heart:'There is no real hunt. It's fixed.' by Paul Harris | guardian.co.uk | Tuesday 20 March 2012 12.50 EDT Craig Monteilh says he did not balk when his FBI handlers gave him the OK to have sex with the Muslim women his undercover operation was targeting. Nor, at the time, did he shy away from recording their pillow talk.
By Christopher Moessner, Committee to Protect Journalists [...] With live streaming an increasingly popular method of documenting violent events, the number of camera operators being sent to the hospital -- or worse -- is creeping up. Last year Basil al-Sayed, a citizen videographer and cousin of Rami al-Sayed, was killed by Syrian security forces in December. In March 2011, Mohammed al-Nabbous was killed while streaming live audio from a battle in Benghazi, Libya.
Submitted by AshleyCarey on Sat, 12/03/2011 - 10:17am This is the account of one occupier who was arrested on the night of the Occupy LA raid. Her story is devastating, and no human being deserves to be treated this way. Transcription: “I stayed at the food tent as long as I could. We passed out apple (?) occupy. We tried to keep people happy and safe. I hid the cans to help us remain nonviolent, and then Mud and I walked up the streets after we were told by the police to leave.
LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck (Blogpost)
Submitted by Kylene | OccupyLosAngeles.org on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 2:11pm I was doing some research the other night and found out Los Angeles Police Chief Beck was assigned to the C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) unit of the LAPD, which was the elite but highly controversial police unit involved in the rampart scandals of Los Angeles in the 90's.
Probably 60% percent of police act professionally toward protesters. But 3 percent are armed and dangerous, and know that they're unlikely to be held accountable. Please follow the link http://www.alternet.org/story/153134/caught_on_camera:_10_shockingly_violent_police_assaults_on_occupy_protesters?akid=7874.20699.GqGtyo&rd=1&t=8
- Rick Ellis | Minneapolis Top News Examiner | November 15, 2011 Over the past ten days, more than a dozen cities have moved to evict "Occupy" protesters from city parks and other public spaces. As was the case in last night's move in New York City, each of the police actions shares a number of characteristics. And according to one Justice official, each of those actions was coordinated with help from Homeland Security, the FBI and other federal police agencies.
Tonight at midnight the Mayor of Portland has stated he will be clearing Occupy Portland from their occupation sites. Per the Police Scanners, it's going to happen. Here's the Livestream Link: http://www.livestream.com/occupyptown 2nd Feed: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution Local "Fox" (cough, cough) affiliate LIVE feed with aerial coverage: http://www.kptv.com/category/210121/watch-fox-12-live-video-stream
I'm not sure where to post this (so I apologize in advance if this is off topic to the GA forum), but I found a very useful link from the OWS website about what to do if you, for whatever reason, are arrested. http://occupywallst.org/media/pdf/blockadingforbegineers.pdf
I, as an individual, am leaving this here as a general outline for leaders and individuals who intend to march on the Las Vegas Strip. Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for those who follow this advice, but the following is based on my own personal experience, for what purpose... or why... I will not say (other than the hint: "I am from the Internet" and leave it at that, those who do KNOW will understand). This applies only to marching. Occupation is something that is completely outside my realm of expertise, you're on your own there.