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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 14, 2019. 10 comments

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Where to draw the line when it comes to helping the cops solve crime is causing some controversy in Baltimore, with the head of the city’s Urban League shutting down the idea of letting police use her headquarters as a spy post.

Tiffany Majors, president of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, told the Baltimore Sun she quickly refused to let cops use the activist organization’s hub to do...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin May 17, 2019. 1 comments

Citing Fears of Worsening Racial Bias, San Francisco Votes to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Citing Fears of Worsening Racial Bias, San Francisco Votes to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

No other city in the U.S. is as closely associated with technological advancements than San Francisco, which, for the most part, has embraced both tech companies and their services in civic life. But on Tuesday, San Francisco passed an ordinance that would ban the use of one very specific technology—facial recognition—by local police departments, making it the country’s first major city to do...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 17, 2017. 10 comments

Is NYPD Illegally Recording Black Lives Matter Protests, or Just Really Bad at Record Keeping? 

Is NYPD Illegally Recording Black Lives Matter Protests, or Just Really Bad at Record Keeping? 

Imagine there was a police department that sent video teams to record Black Lives Matter and Occupy protests hundreds of times over the course of a few years, going against specific department guidelines for when and how such operations are to take place, and when called and questioned on it, it reportedly refused to give answers.

Now imagine that the department in question is the New York...

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