Leo Lech is suing the police in Greenwood, Colorado for storming his house with a 50-person SWAT team because they mistakenly believed that a man who ran into his house (whom Lech didn’t know) had shoplifted a shirt and two belts from Walmart; the police engaged in a 19-hour standoff that led to theRead More
Predictive policing may be the future of law enforcement (thanks, Minority Report), but one implementation in Australia is causing plenty of concern. A new report by the Youth Justice Coalition examined the use of New South Wales Police’s Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP), which is being used to mark people as young as 11. TheRead More
The Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS) is the NYPD’s huge database where it stores ownership information on the millions in New Yorkers’ property it takes charge of every year (including about $68m in cash and counting), through evidence collection and asset forfeiture.
Though the database is crucial to due process, andRead More
After shooting Philando Castile dead during a traffic stop — a killing that was livestreamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds — the police obtained a secret warrant for Reynolds’s Facebook account, including her private messages and deleted messages, accompanied by a gag order that banned Facebook from every discussing the warrant’s existence.