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How Private Donors Dodge Regulations And Supply Spy Gear To Cops

In 2007, as it pushed to build a state-of-the-art surveillance facility, the Los Angeles Police Department cast an acquisitive eye on software being developed by Palantir, a startup funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm.


How The Taser Was Invented

Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil Rights activists. As for the earliest cattle prods, this came about when inventor John Burton of Wichita, Kansas received a patent (US427549 A) in the late 1800s for such a device.


FBI Director Says Apple Marketing Encryption Snubs The Law

Today in cops getting angry about the new encryption on smartphones features FBI Director James Comey, who is “very concerned” about the matter. He’s so concerned that the FBI’s had conversations with Apple and Google about how they’re marketing the devices. And Comey wants the world to know that he’s upset.


The Cop That Blasted Apple's New Encryption Got His Facts Backwards

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by Ronald T. Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, about how Apple’s new encryption techniques would have led to the death of a victim in a case he oversaw. Turns out he was totally wrong. The newspaper just issued a correction.


Ferguson Police Are Wearing Body Cameras

Police in Ferguson started wearing body cameras this Saturday during the most recent protest following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. by one of the city’s police officers, Darren Wilson.


Ferguson Police Will Finally Get The One Device They Really Need

In a statement yesterday, Ferguson’s police department announced that it is committed to buying vest cameras for its officers. When it finally happens, it will be a great first step. And it will happen even faster if we ditch the bloated, expensive wearable cam tech cops use today for something accessible to every US precinct.


This Is What Police Of The Future Were Supposed To Look Like

The 1981 kids’ book Future War and Weapons by Neil Ardley is filled with the bleaker side of futurism. It’s chock full of colourful illustrations of robot armies, war in space and fallout shelters. But we also get a brief look at the police of tomorrow — police that, while certainly armed, don’t look quite like the military force that they have become in modern American cities.


Why The Ferguson Police Force Looks Like A Military Unit

You’ve probably seen photos and video of overarmed police officers facing off against unarmed protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. The view of soldier-cops with assault rifles riding on top of mineproof tanks is certainly excessive, but also surprisingly common. How did we get here?


This Is What NSW Police Cars And Police Bikes Used To Look Like

Image Of The Day: The New South Wales Police Service had fairly humble beginnings on the state’s roads. Not everything was a hotted-up pursuit vehicle back in the 1970′s. Police just had to make do with the Ford 351 Falcon and the Honda 750cc bike. [NSW Police]


Hard Drive Sniffing Police Dogs Are Helping Hunt Down Child Porn Fiends

Police departments have long used dogs in their work, training canine squads to detect bombs and drugs. The Connecticut State Police has recently trained dogs to sniff out electronics as part of a new strategy to go after child pornographers.


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