In 2020, a Reckoning for Law Enforcement and Tech Ethics

Law enforcement technology in 2020 saw some innovation, acquisitions and announcements, but more than anything there was public scrutiny. As footage of a police officer killing an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis in May prompted global protests and news coverage, various communities started calling on everyone involved with police work, including tech companies, to reflect on their responsibilities. Ethical questions that some civil liberties groups had been asking for years hit the public consciousness with new urgency. For the tech industry, questions are about biased algorithms and historical data, and the potential abuses of tools such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence. Public attention forced a reckoning with the present and future implications of police tech, and both private and public organizations signaled an interest in making changes.

After years of growing concern among watchdog groups and industry insiders, facial recognition hit a wall in 2020 as one major company

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Mindanao group ‘Alisto’ calls on Duterte to suspend terror law enforcement

DAVAO CITY—A group based in Mindanao is appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the enforcement of the Anti-Terrorism Act even as it vowed to closely monitor the controversial law’s impact on people’s rights during its implementation.

The group Alisto (Be Alert) is composed of civil society groups in Mindanao and has transitioned from examining martial law enforcement to watching closely how the Anti-Terrorism Act would be implemented in Mindanao.

In a statement released during the group’s online launch on Tuesday (Dec. 1), Alisto questioned the law’s constitutionality and urged Duterte to allow further review to ensure it would not be abused, the Constitution wouldn’t be violated and people’s rights are protected.

“If we talk of legacy, it’s not yet too late,” said Mags Malana, one of Alisto’s spokespersons and also convenor of Konsensya Dabaw, one of the groups that are part of Alisto.

Duterte, said Malana, would not want

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Customers storm stores, businesses call police after Boise mask order enforcement begins

The Boise Police Department says city businesses have made at least 50 requests for support since Mayor Lauren McLean’s newest pandemic health order went into effect on Nov. 23.

At least one person was cited for misdemeanor trespassing, Haley Williams, a spokesperson for the Police Department, told the Statesman on Tuesday. In that instance, someone had been asked to leave a store on Broadway Avenue multiple times over several days and refused.

That person was not arrested, but the citation comes with a fine, Williams said. Some businesses have had to make multiple requests.

Under state law, first-offense trespassing comes with a $300 fine if the violator leaves when asked and hasn’t damaged property, or a $500 to $1,000 fine plus up to six months in jail if the violator refuses to leave but no damage was committed. Damage and subsequent offenses trigger stiffer penalties.

“Sometimes, when people learn

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Law Enforcement Software Market 2020 Analysis, Overview, Growth, Demand and Forecast Research Report to 2023

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Dec 01, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
Kenneth Research has recently added a market research study on Law Enforcement Software Market 2023 which provides a complete comprehensive analysis including the data by Segmentations, by Geography and as well as the competitive landscape of the top 10 Vendors in this market

In 2018, the worldwide GDP stood at USD 84,740.3 Billion as compared to the GDP of USD 80,144.5 Billion in 2017, marked a growth of 5.73% in 2018 over previous year according to the data quoted by International Monetary Fund. This is likely to impel the growth of Law Enforcement Software Market over the period 2019-2026. As per the Eurostat, the total value of the ICT sector in Europe, including the ICT manufacturing and ICT services, was estimated to be more than EUR 475 billion in 2017

Market synopsis

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Two arrested following vehicle pursuit with multiple law enforcement agencies

Two suspected human smugglers were arrested following a vehicle pursuit with multiple law enforcement agencies, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The case unfolded early Tuesday, when deputies from the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit with a minivan on Texas 16 toward Freer. The Hebbronville Border Patrol Station notified the Freer Station of the pursuit. Agents responded to assist along with Duval County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Freer Police Department.

Agents said the minivan was successfully stopped when it entered Freer. An investigation revealed that the driver and a front seat passenger were U.S. citizens. They were transporting seven individuals who were determined to be immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras who were in the country illegally.

Jim Hogg deputies arrested the driver and passenger, and seized the minivan. Agents from the Freer Station took custody of the seven immigrants.

“This incident highlights how cooperation

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Nazi symbol found in training video used by Kentucky law enforcement, state confirms

Kentucky criminal justice trainers used a video featuring an “offensive” Nazi symbol as recently as September, state officials confirmed Monday.

Gov. Andy Beshear and the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Monday confirmed the existence of a law enforcement training video that featured a white supremacy symbol. It was approved for training use in September.

The video was used by the Department of Criminal Justice Training, which provides training to every law enforcement agency in Kentucky, except for the Kentucky State Police and Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green police departments.

The video’s existence was initially reported by the Manual RedEye, the student newspaper at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville. The training video, titled “911 Response to the Drug Epidemic,” was an hour long. It featured a clip taken from another source. That clip included a “Black Sun” Nazi symbol, according to RedEye reporter Satchel Walton.

The “Black

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Kentucky law enforcement training video featured Nazi symbol

Kentucky criminal justice trainers used a video featuring an “offensive” Nazi symbol as recently as September, state officials confirmed Monday.

Gov. Andy Beshear and the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet on Monday confirmed the existence of a law enforcement training video that featured a white supremacy symbol. It was approved for training use in September.

The video was used by the Department of Criminal Justice Training, which provides training to every law enforcement agency in Kentucky, except for the Kentucky State Police and Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green police departments. The video is the third recent example of heavily criticized police training content used by state agencies.

The video’s existence was initially reported by the Manual RedEye, the student newspaper at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville. The training video, titled “911 Response to the Drug Epidemic,” was an hour long. It featured a clip taken from another source.

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Area law enforcement agencies, YWCA Dayton among those receiving $485K in grants

Area law enforcement and social service agencies have been awarded a combined $485,424 by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.



Area law enforcement and social service agencies have been awarded a combined $485,424 by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. FILE


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Area law enforcement and social service agencies have been awarded a combined $485,424 by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. FILE

The department’s Office of Criminal Justice Services has announced more than $200,000 in funding for agencies in both Greene and Montgomery counties.

Organizations in Preble and Warren will also receive funding, according to the ODPS.

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“These grants provide critical resources to our local government and nonprofit partners, which allow them the flexibility to use the funds in ways that best support their efforts to prevent and reduce crime and violence and serve the needs of survivors using a community-coordinated approach,” said OCJS Executive Director Karhlton Moore in a released statement.

The funds are part

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Sacramento law enforcement group helps those in crisis during pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A local law enforcement group is looking to call attention to what they see as an increase in people in crisis during the pandemic.

Mindi Russell told FOX40 that the team at the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento are no strangers to crisis calls but they have been getting more since the onset of COVID-19.

“One call that I got one night late was ‘Tell me why I shouldn’t kill myself?’” Russell recalled. “One person, two of his family members got COVID-19, was very, very ill, and so he was afraid he was going to get it.”

Russell said her office has been responding to an increased number of calls from people suffering from the mental impacts of COVID-19.

Their circumstances are varied: “One that lost their job and another one that can’t do their job anymore because they don’t want to go out as essentials and

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