Policing is not the answer to shoplifting, feeding people is
#Food #Policing #Inflation #Poverty #Hunger #Police #FoodPrices #FoodInsecurity #CostOfLiving #Shoplifting
#FeedingNotPolicing #FoodTheft #EconomicPressures #Inequality #RisingFoodCosts #Grocery
#Indigenous #BritishColumbia #SystematicRacism #DefundRCMP #ConflictOfInterest #IndigenousRights #HumanRights #legal #UNDRIP #BCRCMP #BCpoli #CDNpoli #CanPoli #SocialJustice #NativeRights #Canada #StopRacism #FireRacistCops #ArrestTheRCMP
This is brilliant. Read all of it, right to the end.
"We need a calm and measured assessment of policing after the riots."
- by Donncha O'Connell, Professor of Law, University of Galway, writing the The Journal.
Excuse me, wtf?
"An Garda Síochána is considering bringing the thousands of hours of CCTV gathered during the investigation into the riots to another jurisdiction, to use facial recognition technology (FRT) there, to enable them to identify suspects for looting, rioting and violent assaults during the riots."
Law enforcement really hates it when they're put under the same microscope they put the public.
Another example from the County Attorney...
"In medieval Europe, the concept of a standing professional police force was virtually unknown. Instead, communities were organized so that they were all responsible for keeping the peace."
In a surprise to no one paying attention, American law enforcement views left-wing politics as terrorism and sometimes overlooks far-right movements: https://unicornriot.ninja/2023/fbi-labels-anti-fascists-and-anti-racists-as-violent-extremists/
#unicornriot #leftwing #antifa #domesticterrorism #blm #blacklivesmatter #animalrights #alf #elf #earthliberationfront #animalliberationfront #anarchism #anticapitalism #fbi #dhs #federalbureauofinvestigation #departmentofhomelandsecurity #arturodominguez #police #policing
"We blink past the obvious hypocrisy, drawn instead to that watchword training, deceptively neutral, the ostensible justification of a million liberal reforms, because who could argue against training? The police after all are like dogs: best when they obey. But obey what?" —Grace Glass and Sasha Tycko for n+1
"Suella Braverman’s claims of police bias in the days leading up to Saturday’s pro-Palestinian march were a significant factor in “sustained” far-right attacks on members of the force. One police source said the intensity of attacks by far-right supporters on police officers in central London was “unprecedented”."
Da @robertocaso https://www.robertocaso.it/2023/11/10/sorveglianza-artificiale-sicurezza-urbana-e-privacy/ sull'uso della #ricerca per la #sorveglianza Sindaco di #Trento: "Ci viene chiesto ogni giorno perché gli impianti di videosorveglianza servano solo ex post, quando un reato o un incidente sono già avvenuti." Provate a immaginare come reagirebbe il sindaco se gli dicessero "Ci viene chiesto ogni giorno perché i magistrati servano solo ex post, quando i politici hanno già preso le tangenti..." #predictive #policing
The miscarriage of justice in the #Manchester10 case shows pre-crime policing not only attacks young people’s freedom of expression, but can lead to life-changing harms and perpetuates institutionalised racism in the UK.
🗣️ ORG Programme Manager, Sophia Akram
Find out more from Kids of Colour: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/society/race-racism/the-manchester-ten/
Three of the #Manchester10 have sentencing appeals today in the UK courts.
The police created a gang narrative to convict young Black boys on conspiracy charges from social media and a Telegram chat.
Data was used to convict innocent people.
The court must #FreeTheMcr10.
Five Black women have filed a federal lawsuit against former Kansas City, Kansas detectives, alleging they were raped and stalked as part of a ring of police corruption.
#News #Crime #kansascity #Policing #sexualassault #police
Here is UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, inciting rightwing violence against peaceful protesters, trying to override independent policing decisions, and putting all people in the centre of London at risk on Saturday, Armistice Day.
This monstrous mediocrity is only whipping up division and hatred in a cynical attempt to further her career.
She should never be allowed near government again.
We've seen multiple political interventions into the policing of protest in the UK recently.
From the Home Secretary urging the police to consider waving a Palestinian flag to be a criminal offence to the Prime Minister claiming the Cenotaph could be desecrated.
We urge the Met to stand firm against this political pressure and protect our right to protest.
The San Jose cop shot a college football player, who wrestled a gun away from a patron at a restaurant, four times.
#News #RACISM #Policing #Crime
My attitude toward LEOs changed around 1987 when I was interrogated for something I did not do and did not even know had occurred. The interrogator egregiously lied about things that were not factually possible. He also said things to me that would get him punched in the face outside the interrogation room.
When I registered shock at his lies, he leaned in and said "I can lie to you; you can't lie to me".
American #policing is broken.
Earlier this year, a white teen deliberately (allegedly) shot a woman. That teen was charged as a juvenile. Last week, a POC teen accidentally (allegedly) shot his friend. This teen is charged as an adult. Very curious about State's Atty. Vekos's reasoning in this case.
UK's National Crime-Fighting Agency Seeks Six Crypto Investigators - A crime bill passed last week gives law enforcement agencies more powers to seize and fre... - https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2023/11/02/uks-national-crime-fighting-agency-seeks-six-crypto-investigators/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=rss&utm_campaign=headlines #regulations #policing #policy #crypto #crime #news #uk
"‘Utter Clowns’: It’s Knives Out Over Maine State Police Massacre Response" - They’re all freaking clowns. Great to see them turning on each other. F*ck the police. #LawEnforcement #police #policing #StatePolice #maine https://www.thedailybeast.com/maine-mass-shooting-deputy-grills-state-police-for-its-search-for-robert-card?via=ios
Original Sin: The rot at the core of Halifax’s police and justice system
A preview of a new investigative series by @TimBousquet
The reason conversations about #policing are so fraught is that we really do have completely different experiences with police based on the color of our skin. It's not "perception", it's reality. https://48hills.org/2023/10/cops-use-force-on-black-people-21-times-as-often-as-on-white-people/
Is it just me, or isn't there something wrong with this?
‘Cops get money they don’t deserve’: some residents push back against call for more police in Downtown Dartmouth
New paper from S.J. Cooper-Knock, Julie Berg and Tessa Diphoorn changing the way we think about the public (publics) in studies of pluralised and nodal policing.
Publics of policing: expanding approaches to nodal policing
Court documents reveal a hyper-sexualized culture of harassment and unsolicited dick pics among Halifax cops
Cops Are Suing a Teen for Invasion of Privacy After False Arrest Vid Goes Viral - Because… of course they are. Cops being cops - and they wonder why we support defunding the (as currently imagined) police. It’s shit like this dumbasses. #Cops #policing #authority #legal https://www.vice.com/en/article/jg5a88/cops-sue-teen-invasion-of-privacy-false-arrest
“The Metropolitan police have admitted that a 13-year-old boy playing with a water pistol was rammed off his bike by armed police, knocked to the ground and officers pointed their submachine guns at him.
“The boy had been playing near his home with a blue plastic water pistol with his sister, who had a pink one.”
@xor Fare evasion isn't something I think about much anyway — I've never wondered whether my fellow transit passengers were "valid" or "invalid" — but I know that down there in the U.S. it was part of the thoroughly-debunked Broken Windows Theory of policing (which was basically just another excuse for police to arrest and harass racialised people).
The American College of Emergency Physicians has withdrawn its approval of a 2009 paper on “excited delirium,” a document that describes a “potentially life-threatening” condition that results in unusual strength, pain tolerance and bizarre behavior. Critics say police have used the paper to justify excessive force in cases where a suspect dies in custody, and the American Medical Association has rejected it as a diagnosis.
"HPS refuses to detail what has happened in those 20,000 kilometres, saying it doesn't track the data and has no plans to do so in the future. That means it's not clear how often the vehicle has been used for promotion or how often to respond to extreme situations." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/new-armoured-rescue-vehicle-1.6985101 #News #HamOnt #Policing
A #Court of Appeal agreed. Now the Supreme Court will hear the case.
The Government’s independent advisor to its Rape Review, Emily Hunt, has quit claiming there is a “lack of will” in the police and civil service to change.
She said myths about rape are perpetuated at high levels of the civil service and police. She is returning to the US as she says she does not feel safe in Britain.
A question for the number crunchers of #MNastodon!
👁️ Surveillance reaches new heights 👁️
The use of spy drones does "little for public safety and may be especially alarming for those from communities which face disproportionate #surveillance already."
Claiming mass surveillance is about safety masks data harvesting for discriminatory predictive #policing.
If it is about student wellbeing, policy-makers "should invest in harm reduction approaches and strong community safety." Anything else is subterfuge.
Normal Island News
The police have saved the Tories from peaceful protesters
They used their powers of precognition again
The Conservative Party conference has been happening in Manchester and you can’t have missed it because it’s the most exciting public event since the GB News launch party when everyone in attendance was so happy, they looked like they’d been diagnosed with a horrible illness.
Data is being scraped from innocent citizens to build predictive profiles of criminality.
Entrenched in these models are racialised assumptions that've long perpetuated institutionalised racism in the criminal justice system.
Find out more ⤵️
Predictive policing technologies have received incredibly little scrutiny considering the harms they're causing and inequalities they're exacerbating.
We urge UK local authorities to take a beat and consider the utility, harm and trajectory of using this predictive policing tech and automated policing before procuring it.
At the very least we expect transparent and wide public consultation when the stakes are so high.
Proposed Real Time Crime Centres are using technologies responsible for miscarriages of justice, false arrests and impacts on benefits and housing:
🔴 Facial recognition
🔴 Automatic number plate recognition
🔴 Social media monitoring
🔴 Algorithmic decision-making
The pace that these predictive tools are becoming embedded in policing is frightening, especially with undemocratic commercial interests involved.
A policy to prohibit San Francisco police from making racially-biased traffic stops is being held up by the Police Officers Association.
Because of this delay, communities of color continue to experience preventable harm.
⭐ Learn more, then take action! https://lwvsf.org/news-blog/f/more-delays-more-racist-police-stops-in-san-francisco
Kias and Hyundais were manufactured without an anti-theft device and are being stolen by the thousands nationwide. For owners who bought the car before the vulnerability was made public, they’re stuck with a nightmare.
#KiaHyundaiThefts #Kia #Hyundai #seattle #washingtondc #Policing #Moveable
"...wage theft is about three times as large a problem in California than organized retail theft. Moreover, the victims of organized retail theft are corporations that, despite theft and other causes of shrink, are highly profitable."
It's very telling that RTÉ News platforms a Garda representative group's spokesperson and a business lobby org, rather than - say - local stakeholders and community groups, anti-poverty orgs, healthcare workers, etc.
"There's nothing that makes people feel more comfortable thank seeing a Guard [patrolling] on the street."
- Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town, 23 August 2023.
Speak for yourself, Richard.
re. "moral panics"
"In 2019 we assisted 721 tourists; to date this year we've assisted slightly more, which is 782 tourists. So, while there's an increase, it's not a huge increase; but July and August have been particularly busy for us."
- Lisa Kennedy, CEO of the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS), 22 August 2023.
(Source: Newstalk, which I'm not linking to.)
"What police shrug off as mistaken identity never takes into account how it feels for someone to be treated as a criminal, to face police guns drawn and pointed, or the vulnerability of having one’s hands cuffed behind their back."
If this happened regularly to middle-class white people, radical police reform would have as much support as tax cuts.
As UK police forces ramp up use of facial recognition, let's remind ourselves of the harms it can cause because of errors from the technology.
Those errors form racist false arrests, which can be traumatic for those involved. This is illustrated by the case from the US of a pregnant woman arrested following a false positive from facial recognition software.
There is a wealth of research that shows police forecasting tools reinforce the structural racism that is embedded in the UK criminal justice system.
Schemes like this make good headlines but we need more transparency about the data and methods the Met will use to 'profile' offenders and how they plan to mitigate the risk of discriminatory outcomes.
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The #Manchester10 case exposes the unjust nature of 'gang narratives' in policing.
Despite having never been involved in violence, some of the young Black men were convicted under conspiracy.
Our original open letter to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, signed by 15 civil society groups lays out the injustices resulting from racialised surveillance in UK #policing, such as with Project Alpha that trawls social media to criminalise people of colour.
Read more. #precrime
As part of the review of evidence-gathering and investigation policies that feed into Joint Enterprise and conspiracy cases, Greater Manchester Police must address three areas:
🔴 Current policies over digital evidence.
🔴 Whether it runs programmes similar to Project Alpha and how information mined from social media is used in police investigations.
🔴 Which risk factors feed into risk profiling on the Manchester gangs database.
In March we sent an open letter to Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, to end discriminatory police practices following the case of the #Manchester10.
While the reply committed to a review of Joint Enterprise, the application of digital evidence must be considered, as it's misused to created tenuous 'gang narratives'. This racialised construct is weaponised to draw flawed conclusions that entrenches racial injustice.
Abolition is about alternatives. It’s about not asking cops with guns to handle situations they’re not trained for. It’s about building a society that helps those who need it instead of sending punishers to them. It’s about foundation building and community.
(Passage from Derecka Purnell’s “Becoming Abolitionists”)
Someone needs to information act data request spending on this stuff. #Minneapolis parks already spends an obscene amount on #policing even after stuff like this https://unicornriot.ninja/2020/park-board-pays-170k-to-somali-youth-detained-after-bogus-911-call/ so probably no effect, but this workers acting as cops stuff really has an effect too. They could have simply asked @nearnorth in exile in the woods to clean up (as they were already doing with debris from past camps there) as a condition of staying in the woods— no money spent and no problem.
The idea that Indigenous, brown, and Black people should carry firearms to protect ourselves under the 2nd Amendment kinda falls apart when cops shoot us multiple times for having cellphones, wallets, or dark-coloured hands.
Policing has a new trend: pre-crime. A dangerous formula that acts on a 'susceptibility' to crime, not guilt from someone committing a crime.
The Met's Project Alpha trawls social media for drill and rap videos to criminalise young Black men under racialised 'gang narratives'. Using such music as 'indicators' of criminality reflects the racism present in the UK justice system.
The UK Home Secretary has accelerated prejudicial stop and search powers in a supposed attempt to stop crime. They should instead pause and reflect on how these powers exacerbate racism and harms to Black and other people of colour in the UK.
The use of search to potentially attain electronic devices and extract data from them is not lost on ORG either. We raised this last year in our response to the draft code of practice. https://www.openrightsgroup.org/publications/consultation-response-police-extraction-powers-code/
Whaddya know. When cops spend less time harassing Black people, they can do more things for actual public safety.
The Met (UK) is snooping on children.
Collecting data from social media to profile mainly young Black boys as possible criminals.
Project Alpha targets young people of colour, calculating risk profiles based on racialised gang narratives.
A label on a database that’s hard to shift, whether to convict through guilt by association or harm life opportunities.
If you're in #Singapore, you should attend the Transformative Justice Collective's inaugural #abolitionist festival. All our working groups got involved, so this festival covers #prisons and #policing, #DeathPenalty, #DrugPolicy, #TransformativeJustice and more. If you get tickets now you can use the promo code 'ABOLISH' to get 15% off ticketed events: https://transformativejusticecollective.org/2023/05/31/tjfest-breaking-chains-towards-gentler-futures/
Shielding police from accountability can only lead to more brutality, misconduct – and multimillion-dollar settlements.
Insight from a scholar of police abuse:
“Systematic police abuse of Black people and routine misconduct against homeless people and those with serious mental illness make encounters with police officers dangerous and potentially deadly."
#policing #CriminalJustice #laws #inequality #BlackMastodon
This kind of thing – the liberal mainstream dipping a toe into police #abolitionism, and discovering it doesn’t necessarily entrain the CHAZ-style mayhem they’ve been led to believe it invariably results in – will be terribly important in consolidating public opinion behind the reduction of #policing in our lives. Just as nothing will happen without activists pushing the Overton window hard from the left, neither will abolition come to pass if Times readers don’t buy in. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/04/nyregion/brooklyn-brownsville-no-police.html