Post Script is an original video series that unravels how some of mankind’s brightest ideas wound up taking an abrupt turn from their original design. Each bite-sized episode combines nuanced reporting with visually experimental short-form storytelling.
Two laws recently signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown mandate more public input and oversight of law enforcement agencies’ purchase and use of cellphone tracking equipment.
The California Department of Justice supports a plan by the Alameda County district attorney and Oakland and Fremont police to obtain controversial cellphone surveillance technology, documents show.
During a recent panel, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke candidly about his department’s use of predictive policing, a controversial data-mining method intended to anticipate the location and participants or victims in future crimes.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has signed a $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC that will allow it to equip deputies with mobile facial recognition technology in order to expand the largest biometric database outside of the FBI, according to procurement documents.
In the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, more than 7,000 police agencies around the country have purchased body cameras with the help of federal grants. Reveal takes a look inside the camera, at the evidence trail left behind. Because where there are a lot of video cameras, there’s a lot of information – and money.
“Cop watchers” are a loose band of activists found in dozens of cities across the U.S. who consider it their job to police the police by filming their activities. But some officers are starting to push back, saying cop-watching groups interfere with their jobs and endanger the public.
As tensions between police and communities such as Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore have intensified, activists across the U.S. have taken to the streets to film law enforcement activity, a practice they call “cop watching.” Now, advocates on both sides of the debate are asking lawmakers for more protection.
Taser, known for its stun guns used by law enforcement around the world, is banking its future on recording and documenting what police do in the field, with body cameras and a digital evidence storage service.
On March 3, 1991, a black man was pulled over in Los Angeles – and what happened next showed the entire nation what police brutality looks like. George Holliday, who filmed a critical 81 seconds in which police officers hit Rodney King more than 50 times with fists and batons, shares his feelings about that evening 24 years ago, as well as his thoughts on capturing police misbehavior on video today.
WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer in Washington, D.C. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge.