Posts Tagged ‘police’

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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Christmas Dragnet

December 25, 2013

“Christmas Dragnet”aka”Yulenet” (it has an alias!), a parody of Jack Webb’s TV cop show Dragnet by the inimitable Stan Freberg.

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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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Big Brother Is Watching, Not Listening

September 24, 2012

Big Brother Is Watching, Not Listening

Oaxaca, Mexico has installed 230 video cameras downtown and in the suburbs, and most of them are monitored by deaf police personnel.  Oaxaca’s Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Public Security noted that:

“…these police officers have a very strong … visual sense and can better detect what is happening in different places where the cameras are located; they can often remotely read the conversations of people, to the benefit of this security system that operates 24 hours a day.”

“Deaf Police Monitor Security Cameras,” Murray Page, Mazátlan Messenger

According to Vaughn Bell, “…there is good evidence that deaf people are better at noticing things in the periphery of vision and detecting movement.”

 “This potentially makes them perfect for the job and likely better than their hearing colleagues.

 So the project turns out to be a targeted way not of recruiting ‘disabled people’ into the workforce, but of recruiting the ‘super able’. In fact, turning the whole idea of disability on its head.”

“Deaf police to monitor security cameras in Mexico,” Vaughn Bell, Mind Hacks

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Virginia Is For Big Brother

June 1, 2012

Virginia is for Big Brother

Virginia’s champion of personal privacy, Governor Bob “Vaginal Probe” McDonnell, has called for the use of remote-controlled unmanned drone aircraft by police in the Old Dominion. This is intruguing since many Virginians don’t even like ticket-issuing traffic cameras.

More:

“McDonnell: If Drones Are Good Enough for Afghanistan, They’re Good Enough for Virginia,” Benjamin R. Freed, DCist

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Le Grand Frère Vous Regarde à Paris

December 23, 2011

Le Grand Frère Vous Regarde à Paris

Tourists aren’t the only ones in Paris with cameras; les flics have them as well. 200 new surveillance cameras now spy on the streets of the French capital, and by spring there will be 1200 more. Police at video monitors will be on the lookout for crime, terrorists, traffic jams, and inappropriate tutoiement. You have been warned.

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Reinstate Chief Chambers, Orders Merit Board

January 12, 2011

Reinstate Chief Chambers, Orders Merit Board

U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers was suspended from her position by the Bush administration in 2003 and fired in 2004. Her crime: expressing concern about staff shortages which endangered visitors and NPS employees.

It was the truth. The Merit Systems Protection Board has ordered the Park Police to reinstate Chief Chambers by month’s end. The Board also ordered NPS to reimburse her for legal fees and restore her pay retroactive to July 2004.

Teresa Chambers is an admired and persistent law enforcement professional. She has doggedly pursued the cause of justice as Park Police Chief and as Chief of Police in Durham, North Carolina and Riverdale Park, Maryland. It’s only right that Chief Chambers finally got some justice herself.

 More:

“Fired Park Police chief Teresa C. Chambers ordered reinstated,” Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post.

 

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