Dustin Burns of Springfield, who was on probation for violating a restraining order, was jailed and charged with felony tampering with electronic monitoring equipment after he posted a Facebook video showing, “This is how you take an ankle bracelet off — without breaking the circuit,”
As the national drone industry continues to take off, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts say it’s likely drones will be used by almost every law enforcement agency across the U.S. within the next few years.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says his officers must deal with “second, third and fourth” gun-related cases from suspects already on GPS monitors. “It’s just repeat offenses with the same folks,” he says.
“If we do our job right, police officers should be really engaged, and the tech should start to melt into the background, rather than intimidating in the foreground,” Rick Smith, CEO of the company that makes Tasers and other police technology, tells The New Yorker.
A crime lab in the San Francisco Bay area has made an impressive dent in gun violence by helping local cops swiftly identify weapons used in crime through the 20-year-old National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. So why aren’t other police departments taking advantage of the network?
Police used flash-bangs while trying to disperse a crowd of counter-protestors at a right-wing rally on Saturday. Several people reported burns, and media outlets have published photos of a flash-bang canister lodged in a bike helmet. Police say that should not happen if the devices were fired properly.
More than 100 civil rights, “digital justice” and community groups issued a statement expressing concerns about the expanding use of risk assessment instruments as a substitute for basing bail releases on money. The groups said risk assessment tools may not only exacerbate racial bias but “allow further incarceration.”
Despite “real-time” facial recognition’s potential for crime-prevention, it is raising alarms of the risks of mistakes and abuse. Those concerns are coming not only from privacy and civil rights advocates, but increasingly from tech firms themselves.
All states have opted in to FirstNet, meaning that they agreed not to build their own competing broadband lanes for law enforcement and public safety. AT&T says that FirstNet’s core — the infrastructure that isolates police traffic from the commercial network — had become operational at last. “It’s like having a super highway that only public safety can use,” the company says.