During a recent panel, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke candidly about his department’s use of predictive policing, a controversial data-mining method intended to anticipate the location and participants or victims in future crimes.
Local Law Enforcement
Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. have expanded their surveillance activities with new technologies and techniques.
Los Angeles sheriff invests in new tech to expand biometric database
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has signed a $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC that will allow it to equip deputies with mobile facial recognition technology in order to expand the largest biometric database outside of the FBI, according to procurement documents.
Public evidence in private hands
In the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, more than 7,000 police agencies around the country have purchased body cameras with the help of federal grants. Reveal takes a look inside the camera, at the evidence trail left behind. Because where there are a lot of video cameras, there’s a lot of information – and money.
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Assault on justice
When you hear the charge “assaulting a police officer,” you might assume that an officer has been hurt or injured while serving the community. But in Washington, D.C., it also can be used as a tactic against citizens.
Eyes on cops
“Cop watchers” are a loose band of activists found in dozens of cities across the U.S. who consider it their job to police the police by filming their activities. But some officers are starting to push back, saying cop-watching groups interfere with their jobs and endanger the public.
Texas a flashpoint in debate over right to film police
As tensions between police and communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore have intensified, activists across the U.S. have taken to the streets to film law enforcement activity, a practice they call “cop watching.” Now, advocates on both sides of the debate are asking lawmakers for more protection.
Law and Disorder 2: Citizens, cameras and cops
In part 2 of Reveal’s in-depth look at law and disorder, we expose some of the tensions between police and the communities they serve and how video ca
In DC, wiggling while handcuffed counts as assaulting an officer
WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer in Washington, D.C. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge.
Arizona bill would fund predictive policing technology
Senate Bill 1293 would authorize spending $2 million on three one-year pilot projects of predictive policing software in urban and rural areas to generate predictions for various types of crime.
5 Virginia police agencies quietly stockpile private phone records
Police agencies in the southeastern Virginia have created an unusual and secretive database containing details about telephone customers and the communications they exchange – without warrants.