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Hopscotch

April 2, 2016

On March 30th, Huntington Beach police officers found a mother and daughter living out of their car. While others found them housing, HPD Officer Zach Pricer cajoled the 11-year-old girl into a game of hopscotch.

More:

“Watch a middle-aged cop teach an 11-year-old homeless girl how to play hopscotch,”Jenny Starrs, Washington Post

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Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People

March 5, 2015

Capitol Hill: Small Victory for the People
Kids have a snow day and want to sled on their neighborhood’s only hill. That’s winter in America, right? Wrong, if you’re one of the 600,000 American citizens who lives in the District of Columbia, and the the hill in question is Capitol Hill.

One Capitol Hill neighbor, Eleanor Holmes Norton, asked the Capitol Hill Police to let the kids go sledding on The Hill. You’d think that would count for something, since Ms. Norton is a duly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives, elected to 13 terms by DC voters whose federal income taxes help pay the Capitol Police. Nope. But then again the U.S. House of Representatives doesn’t let Ms. Norton vote on behalf of those taxpayers, either.

So sledding on Capitol Hill remains officially forbidden. But do you want to tell that to the neighborhood kids? Neither did the Capitol Hill Police. Kids: “Wheee!

More:

“Children bravely defy sledding ban on Capitol Hill, because freedom,” German Lopez, Vox

“Heroes Defy Cops, Sled on Capitol Hill,” Daily Beast

“Children Defy Police, Sled On Capitol Hill Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist

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Drone Defense

December 9, 2014

Drone Defense

On September 26th, a man in Lower Township, NJ shot down a neighbor’s drone quadcopter that was hovering over his yard and taking photos. Police decided that the small aircraft posed no immediate threat, and arrested the gunman on weapons and criminal mischief charges. Laws about personal drone incursions aren’t clear, so this case may establish precedent.

More:

— “Man Shoots Down Drone, Lawyers Scratch Their Heads,” Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science

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Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

December 4, 2014

Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

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Who Watches the Watchers? Thieves.

August 22, 2014

Who Watches the Watchers? Thieves.

“The high-security building housing Interpol’s South Africa office has been burgled for the fifth time in three weeks.”

— “South Africa: Interpol building raided five times,” BBC News

The International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL) is an intergovernmental organization with 190 member countries facilitating international police cooperation.

 “Our high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support helps meet the growing challenges of fighting crime in the 21st century.”

— INTERPOL website

 The Pretoria office certainly inspires confidence in that.

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Law & Order in America

August 19, 2014

Law & Order in America
If you go to Ferguson Missouri, don’t jaywalk or shoplift cigars. The punishment is summary execution. And don’t sit in your own car in your aunt’s driveway or you’ll be arrested. And police will stop you when you drive or walk away, too.

If you’re black, anyway. And not just in Missouri.

Related:

“Amnesty International Calls For Investigation Of Ferguson Police Tactics,” Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist,” Ezra Klein, Vox

“One nation under siege: Law enforcement’s shameful campaign against black America,” Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, Salon

“The ugly history of racist policing in America,” Dara Lind, Vox

“Existing While Black,” Martin Longman, Washington Monthly

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Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.

August 15, 2014

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

Stop reading about militarized police, reporter arrests, demonstrations, urban rage, segregated cities and police forces for a minute, and read this:

“Michael Brown didn’t die in the dark. He was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. He was, for a young man, exactly where he should be—among other things, days away from his first college classes. A policeman stopped him; it’s not clear why. People in the neighborhood have told reporters that they remember what happened next as a series of movements: the officer, it seemed to them, trying to put Brown into a car; Brown running with his hands in the air; the policeman shooting; Brown falling. The next morning, Jon Belmar, the police chief of St. Louis County, which covers Ferguson, was asked, at a press conference, how many times Brown had been shot. Belmar said that he wasn’t sure: ‘more than just a couple of times, but not much more.’ When counting bullets,’“just’ and ‘not much more’ are odd words to choose.”

— “Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?” Amy Davison, The New Yorker

 Related:

“The Anger in Ferguson,” Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker

“It’s not just Ferguson: America’s criminal justice system is racist,” Ezra Klein, Vox

“The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America,” Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation

“We All Live in Ferguson,” Ryan Jacobs, Pacific Standard

“Ferguson, Mo. Emblematic of Growing Suburban Poverty,” Elizabeth Kneebone, Brookings Institution

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Santa Doesn’t Play

December 25, 2013

It’s Elves vs. Trolls in Hampton, Virginia. Shoplifters and muggers, be warned: Santa doesn’t play. Courtesy of the Hampton Police Department.

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Watching You

June 4, 2013

Watching You

“‘I woke up to pounding on my door’, says Andrej Holm, a sociologist from the Humboldt University. In what felt like a scene from a movie, he was taken from his Berlin home by armed men after a systematic monitoring of his academic research deemed him the probable leader of a militant group. After 30 days in solitary confinement, he was released without charges. Across Western Europe and the USA, surveillance of civilians has become a major business. With one camera for every 14 people in London and drones being used by police to track individuals, the threat of living in a Big Brother state is becoming a reality.”

— Naked Citizens, a short documentary distributed by Journeyman Pictures [32:41]. See it here:

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Trains, Cameras, and Crime

February 27, 2013

Trains, Cameras, and Crime

The Chicago Transit Authority spent $26 million installing 3,600 surveillance cameras in stations and on trains throughout the rail system. What happened? Crime increased.

“Surveillance cameras aren’t cure-alls—they’re tools, and imperfect ones at that. They can be easily foiled by the latest in apparel technology, including hooded sweatshirts and hats. They tend to break. They are susceptible to dirt, and bad weather, and darkness. And even if a suspect is photographed, he still has to be identified and located, which, for overworked police officers, can be a daunting task. While there are more than a million closed-circuit surveillance cameras in London, a police report found that, in 2008, one crime was solved per 1,000 cameras—an abysmal ratio.”

— “Chicago Installed Thousands of Cameras on its Rail Platforms. Crime Jumped by 21 Percent.” Justin Peters, Slate

CTA’s response: It’s installing another 850 cameras.

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