Tag: law enforcement

Here’s What Happened When Right and Left-Wing Protesters Talked it Out in Portland

PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland averted large-scale street violence over the weekend as a mix of right-wing groups gathered Saturday to proclaim their love of America — and their disgust with antifa. While antifa organized its own counterprotest, law enforcement mostly kept the two groups apart. The spectacle only seemed to underscore a growing sense of […]

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Police Promised Witnesses Free Ring Surveillance Cameras If They Testified Against Neighbors

The police department of El Monte, California, paid for 20 Ring home surveillance cameras with taxpayer money and planned to distribute them to residents who reported crime and promised to testify against them in court, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents, which were obtained via public records request, show that the police department […]

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Ring Told People to Snitch on Their Neighbors in Exchange for Free Stuff

Ring, Amazon’s home security company, has encouraged people to form their own “Digital Neighborhood Watch” groups that report crime in exchange for free or discounted Ring products, according to an internal company slide presentation obtained by Motherboard. The slide presentation—which is titled “Digital Neighborhood Watch” and was created in 2017, according to Ring—tells people that […]

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Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners. Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard […]

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Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record request. Ring has never disclosed the exact number of partnerships that it maintains with law enforcement. However, the company has partnered with at least 200 law […]

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When Police Officers Are On the Job…and On Drugs

No one ever said being a police officer was easy. The job alternates between crushing boredom, bizarre situations, and unimaginable danger. When you’re a cop, much of the population that you’re paid to protect is afraid of you. You’re always being judged, whether it’s in the media or when you go to the corner store. […]

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NYPD: It’s Not Racist When a Cop Calls You the N-Word

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) If you think that headline is clickbait, it’s not. It actually paraphrases the official New York Police Department’s training manual. An official investigation into complaints of biased policing against the NYPD’s officers reveals, among other things, that the outfit doesn’t consider cops using racial slurs as evidence of bias; that […]

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#StephonClark: Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Lethal Force Advances in California

Photo: Getty A little more than a year after Sacramento, Calif., police gunned down an unarmed Stephon Clark as the 22-year-old father of two stood in his grandparents’ backyard, California may be on the cusp of passing the nation’s strictest law governing when police can use deadly force. #StephonClark: One Year Later, There Is Still […]

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