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As part of a new police reform effort, Massachusetts lawmakers have approved one of the first state laws restricting law enforcement use of facial recognition technologies. Under the law, police must have a court order before they can compare images to the database of photos and names.
The order came in response to a complaint by a public defender who argued the masks were divisive. “The Judiciary must maintain itself as an unbiased and independent branch of Maryland state government,” ruled District Court Chief Judge John Morrissey.
The number of deportations carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month fell to the lowest monthly level on record, a drop that comes as illegal border crossings remain at a 20-year high.
More than two years after the passage of a California law that rolled back secrecy on decades of law enforcement misconduct and use-of-force records, agencies throughout the state, such as the California Highway Patrol, the Oakland Police Department, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, are failing to comply.