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Police use of ‘StingRay’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules 

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.

The case against Prince Jones in 2013 involved D.C. police use of a “StingRay” cell-site simulator, which enables law enforcement to pinpoint the location of a cellphone more precisely than a phone company can when triangulating a signal between cell towers or using a phone’s GPS function. Civil liberties advocates say the StingRay, by providing someone’s location to police without court approval, is a violation of an individual’s Fourth Amendment right not to be unreasonably searched. The D.C. Court of Appeals agreed in a 2 to 1 ruling, echoing similar rulings in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and federal district courts in New York City and San Francisco.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/09/21/police-use-of-stingray-cellphone-tracker-requires-search-warrant-appeals-court-rules/?utm_term=.13fd7120f1a1

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Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025


By 2025, enormous military-style drones – close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq – will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race to build unmanned aircraft that can pass evolving airworthiness certifications and replace police helicopters. And if that bet pays off, it will radically transform the way cities, citizens, and law enforcement interact.
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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/look-military-drones-replace-police-helicopters-2025/140588/

Trump reversing Obama policy blocking military sales to cops


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/27/trump-expected-lift-ban-military-gear-local-police-forces/606065001/

Police Push Tracking for Civilian Drones – Bloomberg

At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland, California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with a drone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilian quad copter that buzzed onto the scene. “It’s happened twice in the past few months,” said Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Richard Hassna, the department’s chief pilot who was using the device. “We’re overhead at the scene of a fire relaying information to the command agency and a hobbyist flies right below us and parks.”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-07/rogue-drones-prompt-police-to-push-tracking-that-hobbyists-hate

Majority of civilian oversight body wants L.A. County sheriff to stop flying drone – LA Times

The aircraft was unveiled by the Sheriff’s Department in January and has been deployed four times, mostly in search-and-rescue missions. The department has said the 20-inch-long unmanned aircraft system, which cost $10,000, would strictly be used in high-risk tactical operations — such as fires, bomb detection and hostage situations — and not for surveillance.

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sheriff-drones-20170727-story.html

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras – Defense One

Device-maker Motorola announced Monday that would partner with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on Motorola products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the AI firm announced in a press release today.

Italian-born neuroscientist and Neurala founder Massimiliano Versace is the creator of patent-pending image recognition and machine learning technology on very small computers. It’s similar to other machine learning methods but far more scalable, so a device carried by that cop on his shoulder can learn to recognize shapes and — potentially faces — as quickly and reliably as a much larger and more powerful computer.  It works by mimicking the mammalian brain, rather than the way computers have worked traditionally.

Versace’s research was funded, in part, by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA under a program called SyNAPSE. In a 2010 paper for IEEESpectrum, he describes the breakthrough. Basically, a tiny constellation of processors do the work of different parts of the brain — which is sometimes called neuromorphic computation — or “computation that can be divided up between hardware that processes like the body of a neuron and hardware that processes the way dendrites and axons do.” Versace’s research shows that AIs can learn in that environment using a lot less code.

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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/07/facial-recognition-coming-police-body-cameras/139472/

Patriot, or government plant? Rumors fly over Venezuela helicopter attack | World news | The Guardian

Within minutes, social media exploded with video and photos of the pilot, who identified himself as Oscar Perez, a special operations officer with the national police. In one clip, Perez held a flag that read “Freedom. Article 350” – a reference to the section of Venezuela’s constitution that allows for civil disobedience against an illegitimate regime.

“We have two choices: be judged tomorrow by our conscience and the people or begin today to free ourselves from this corrupt government,” said Perez, standing before four figures dressed in fatigues, wearing ski masks and carrying assault rifles.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/venezuela-helicopter-attack-oscar-perez-rumors

POLICE BODY CAMS HAVE REAL-TIME FACE RECOGNITION

The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter.

Last week, Taser, the stun gun company that has recently become an industry leader in body-mounted cameras, announced the creation of its own in-house artificial intelligence division. The new unit will utilize the company’s acquisition of two AI-focused firms: Dextro, a New York-based computer vision startup, and Misfit, another computer vision company previously owned by the watch manufacturer Fossil. Taser says the newly formed division will develop AI-powered tech specifically aimed at law enforcement, using automation and machine learning algorithms to let cops search for people and objects in video footage captured by on-body camera systems.

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http://www.vocativ.com/402771/ai-body-cams-cops-google/

PARIS ON FIRE: Riots reach capital’s centre – buildings set ablaze and police attacked


Officers were forced to unleash tear-gas on angry crowds as buildings and rubbish bins were set on fire around the Barbes Metro station, which is just around the corner from the Eurostar hub at Gare du Nord.

As fire crews went in to extinguish the blazes, lines of riot police were attacked, and shops were looted.

A policeman at the scene said: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked.

“Small groups of protestors wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away.

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/767867/PARIS-riots-latest-fighting-barbes-metro-eurostar-gare-du-Nord

ALLEN B. WEST: THE WAR ON POLICE

​We’re now living in an era where it’s become cool and hip to bash police officers, thanks in large part to the liberal media, which has propagated a false narrative that paints cops up as evil racist miscreants. 

The reasoning for this nonsense is to help make liberal politicians look like civil rights heroes in order to win over minority voters to the Democratic Party.

However, things are taking a seriously awful turn after the American Civil Liberties Union has come out criticizing a high school for holding an event that honors first responders and military.

-EH 

School honors police and military; what happens next is DISGRACEFUL