The Seattle Police Department purchased a “mesh network” in February that will be used by emergency responders, but which will also be capable of tracking anyone with Wi-Fi enabled device.
The network is not yet turned on, according to Seattle Police, but once it is, it will be able to determine the IP address, device type, downloaded applications, current location, and historical location of any device that searches for a Wi-Fi signal. The network is capable of storing that information for the previous 1,000 times a particular device attempted to access a Wi-Fi signal.
Jamela Debelak, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU), is worried that police will use the network for more than just coordinating emergency responders. “They now own a piece of equipment that has tracking capabilities so we think that they should be going to City Council and presenting a protocol for the whole network that says they won’t be using it for surveillance purposes,” she told KIRO 7.
“Once these kinds of tools are in place, they don’t go away. Even if we assume that the mesh network was installed by good people for good reasons, there’s no reason to believe that the people controlling the network in the future will use it for the public good.
Alicia Herron called 911 after she saw Roberson behaving erratically after taking the pills to control his blood sugar. She says she thought paramedics were coming to the house, but the police arrived instead.
When the Waycross Police Department arrived, they say that Roberson behaved aggressively toward them and was “aggressively armed with two items used as weapons,” leading them to shoot at him. But Herron says that the officers didn’t say a word as they came in and shot the man.
“He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie,” she said.
Meet the City Council of Waycross, Georgia. Aren’t you relieved, like I am, that this is simply incompetent police work and not racism?
…While the economic crisis in Greece has devastating effects for the majority of its people and has spurred the growth of a mass neo-Nazi organization, it would be a mistake to conclude that Golden Dawn is a product solely of the crisis. In the modern era, Greece has always had a strong authoritarian political tradition and a strong fascist element. Authoritarianism and fascism thrived in Greece from the 1940s through the mid-1970s. Censorship, political imprisonment, torture, concentration camps and killing political opponents run like a red thread through Greece’s modern political history. Major social institutions such as the army, the police and even the church were directly involved in the support of fascist ideology and the propagation of authoritarian values. Big capital – and the notorious shipping tycoon business community – always backed the most reactionary political forces in Greece. So did, unfortunately, a sizable percentage of the Greek citizenry, especially among the rural population and the petty bourgeoisie. The military junta which ruled Greece from 1967-73 was opposed openly by a tiny fraction of the population only, with the left, as always, at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and democracy and its supporters paying a big price for their resistance to the regime. After the re-establishment of parliamentary democracy, much of the extreme right and the “silent majority” that had backed the junta gravitated toward the conservative party of New Democracy. In the decades ahead, what remains of the fascist movement is a handful of die-hard fanatics, but this does not mean that the extreme right is extinct. It is still everywhere, with a particularly strong presence in the ranks of the police, which has always been an employment magnet for the most conservative and reactionary elements of Greek society.
In the political violence orchestrated today by Golden Dawn, the role of the Greek police is dubious at best – although deplorable might be a far more accurate description. It is doubtful if anyone involved in racist attacks by Golden Dawn has ever been arrested, charged and imprisoned. As in the incident against the members of the Greek Communist Party, the police were present, watching passively while the attack on the leftist musician was taking place. They intervened only after the stabbing took place, apparently uninformed that a murder had been planned.
The close ties between the Greek police and the neo-Nazis are beyond dispute. Polls seem to indicate that the majority of police officers voted in the previous elections for the Golden Dawn Party. The two, in fact, have collaborated many times in the past in the violent breakup of rallies and demonstrations held by leftist and anarchist groups and organizations. There are recorded videos showing neo-Nazis engaging in violent actions while police units literally are standing right next to them. Motorcycle police units have been seen to accompany Golden Dawn members repeatedly in their pogroms against immigrants.
Equally appalling, behind the political violence orchestrated by the Greek neo-Nazis has been the position of the Greek Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection, which has launched its own pogroms against immigrants and has so far used double standards in the way it reacts to the violence of the left and to the crimes committed by Golden Dawn. But this ought not to be surprising as in the challenge of containing the further growth of Syriza (polls show a head-to-head race with the conservative party of New Democracy, which now rules in coalition with the socialists), the Golden Dawn factor must be utilized or exploited in any way possible. Thus, some high-ranking members of the New Democracy Party wish to leave open the possibility of a collaboration with Golden Dawn, while others seek to put the blame on Syriza for the actions of the neo-Nazis, being fully aware that a sizable percentage of the Greek population sees the left as posing the greatest threat to their perception of social order. Such is the power of the anti-left sentiment in Greece today, and it is likely to grow stronger as Syriza moves closer to realizing its goal of emerging as the most popular party in Greece and winning the next elections.
After much anticipation from human rights advocates in the Southern Border Region, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report yesterday entitled, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Use of Force Training and Actions to Address Use of Force Incidents.”
The revelation of eye-witness footage documenting the beating and killing of San Diego resident, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, by over a dozen border agents prompted a national outcry from the public as well as 16 members of Congress for oversight and accountability over Customs and Border Protection for their use of force cases. Since 2010, border guards have killed at least twenty people.
At the request of letters from 16 members of Congress, the Department of Homeland Security carried out a review of 2,000 records of alleged abuse (out of 21,000) that took place along the border between 2007 and 2012. They determined that nearly two-thirds (63%), or approximately 1,200 incidents, involved possible excessive use of force.
The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), a coalition of nearly 60 organizations from the southern border, has been documenting stories of abuse and has been at the forefront of pressing for accountability and oversight over CBP over the past 3 years. After reviewing the report, representatives of the SBCC issued these responses.
"This is an incomplete response to the question: Is Customs and Border Protection out of control?” said Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego and co-chair of the SBCC. "While the report answers some questions, it doesn’t give us specifics on what steps are taken when agents are alleged to use excessive force and, given rash of incidents, what reforms or investigations are being undertaken. Where is the accountability and oversight of agents?"
"We need tracking of excessive use of force at the Department of Homeland Security and a formal process to evaluate and investigate force incidents." states Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition. "Without a clear mechanism to identify misconduct, investigate it, and hold agents accountable, the agency will continue to operate with impunity and endanger the lives of migrants and border residents and undermine our system of laws."
“If any metropolitan police department was involved in 19 fatal shootings in the span of two years, we would be appalled and would expect that that they would look at best practices from other agencies to reduce use-of-force incidents, like body-worn cameras for officers,” said Vicki B. Gaubeca, director of the ACLU of New Mexico’s Regional Center for Border Rights. “CBP, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, should be doing the same, but there is little indication in this report that they are,” Gaubeca, co-chair of SBCC, continued.
Report does not address accountability and further erodes trust.
if the questioning, detention, and search of Miranda was for a purpose other than to determine if he was a terrorist, then it was unlawful
From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers.
Ex-LAPD Officer Chris Dorner, who is wanted after shooting 3 police officers today. This quote is from the manifesto he released before that, detailing the many injustices and counts of police brutality he witnessed as an LAPD officer, how he was fired for reporting what he witnessed, and how he intends to punish the police for their actions.
Meanwhile, today the LAPD has already shot 2 innocent women they thought could have been Dorner. The 2 victims were delivery women, delivering newspapers in a vehicle similar to the suspect’s.
Anyone familiar with the LAPD knows that this portion of Chris Dorner’s manifesto is largely true, regardless of what little else we know about the shootings and the massive manhunt currently underway.
Dorner says things have gotten worse since the Rampart scandal; I can easily believe that. Why would they be better? Rampart scratched the surface and quickly vanished from the papers; how much more shit goes down every single day? Murder, rape, gun dealing, drug dealing, pimping, framing, cover ups, these are the LAPD’s stock in trade. Yeah yeah there are some good cops whatever, my personal experience is that the LAPD makes the NYPD look like saints — and I’ve had both of those forces draw guns on me and taunt me with explicitly racist murder threats.
Dorner was recently at the US Naval base in San Diego, so who knows what kind of artillery he was able to access, and Mexican border police have been instructed be on the lookout for him and to shoot him in the head on sight. It’s hard to imagine this story ending well.
Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.