dick pics across state lines and paying for sex I guess. He's going to do ten years though. Srs bzns
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why did I just look at google news? Now I'm traumatized.
The most widespread failure concerns protections against biometric technology. Only seven of the 75 departments specifically prohibit the use of facial recognition with body camera footage, a serious threat to privacy. Face recognition databases are drawn from passport photos and driver's licenses, then cross referenced with criminal databases. If they become part of body camera technology, simply walking past an officer means being checked against a database, even if you're not suspected of a crime.
Just as troubling, six of the 75 police departments have policies specifically allowing citizens filing police misconduct complaints to review footage. As the purpose of body cameras is accountability and transparency, it's alarming that departments aren't moving to make it easier to access the footage. Amid an ongoing scandal on "faked" body camera footage, Baltimore City officials are pushing for restricted throughout the state of Maryland. Wisconsin has also moved to make footage more difficult to view.
Finally, in a supplemental report titled "The Illusion of Accuracy," Upturn executive director Harlan Yu details the importance of policies that explicitly prohibit officers from viewing their body camera footage before writing reports. 75 percent of surveyed departments allow officers to review footage before writing reports, even after use-of-force incidents.
Body camera footage implies an intense struggle.
Price, surveillance footage shows, surrendered immediately.
Yu explained how inadequate policies give officers the opportunity to tailor their statements to their reports instead of giving independent summaries. Yu uses the example of the 2014 arrest of Derrick Price. Officers submitted footage that appeared to show Price resisting arrest, you can hear the officers shout "stop resisting!" Their reports told the same story.
But surveillance footage showed that Price had surrendered, with his hands behind his back, face down on the pavement, before police captured him. He clearly wasn't resisting, but the footage was tailored to the officers' narrative. Four of the officers eventually pled guilty to violating Price's civil rights. Yu uses Price's arrest as an example of why we need "clean reporting." Without surveillance footage, the body camera footage would've served as a psuedo-objective witness in favor of the police, in favor of office misconduct, when it had actually been manipulated to reflect the story the officers wanted to tell.
The full scorecard breaks down the many failures in protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights across departments.
No one department successfully fulfilled all of the researchers' criteria, but the report does point to a scant few bright spots. Most interesting among them is the Baltimore Police Department, which they say has improved in four policy areas: personal privacy, officer discretion, face recognition limitations and public availability of its policy. Dozens of criminal cases were thrown out in Baltimore this year after body cam footage revealed officer misconduct, perhaps indicative of the cameras' potential to catch wrongdoing.
While body cameras can be powerful tools, they need robust, prosocial policies to actually uphold the ideals of transparency and accountability. Otherwise, they will only expand the reach of the already deeply unequal criminal justice system.
Having trouble working out what trafficking has to do with that.
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A veteran Chicago police officer faces sentencing Monday for his excessive force conviction for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens.and
Marco Proano, 42, was the first Chicago cop in memory to be convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.
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His attorney is seeking probation, arguing the officer should not be punished for alleged systemic problems in the department and calling him a scapegoat "sacrificed to the furor" over police misconduct.
Prosecutors, however, are seeking up to eight years in prison, saying Proano could have killed the six teens when he fired indiscriminately into a reportedly stolen Toyota.
The 11-year department veteran was convicted by a jury in August of two felony counts of using excessive force in violation of the victims' civil rights. The December 2013 shooting was captured on video by a police dashboard camera.
In asking U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman for probation, Proano's attorney, Daniel Herbert, said in a recent court filing that Proano had a decorated career before it was derailed amid protests against police violence and a civil rights probe by the U.S. Department of Justice -- all sparked by the court-ordered release in November 2015 of video of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.
The timing of Proano's September 2016 indictment "could not have been worse for him," Herbert wrote, adding that he should not have to "shoulder the blame" for a Police Department that the Justice Department, in its scathing report earlier this year, said has a decadeslong history of mistreating citizens.
"It would be naive to ignore the facts here and fail to recognize that Mr. Proano served as somewhat of a scapegoat in this case," Herbert said. "The situation was at a boiling point, and Mr. Proano was sacrificed to the furor."
But prosecutors said Proano's actions that night, as well as his attempts to later justify the shooting, were egregious violations of his training that further undermined public trust in the police.
(CHICAGO) -- One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn't pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets.
A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug convictions of 15 black men who all say they were locked up for no other reason except that they refused to pay Ronald Watts.
It was the largest mass exoneration in memory in Chicago. And even in a city where it has become almost routine for police misconduct to lead to overturned convictions, the courthouse had never seen anything like the order issued in front of more than a dozen men whose lives were changed forever by the former sergeant.
The men described how it was common for blacks in the city's poorest communities to be shaken down.
"Everyone knew if you're not going to pay Watts, you were going to jail. That's just the way it was going," said Leonard Gipson, 36, who had two convictions tossed out.
The practice, they recalled, was all the more chilling because the officer was so open about it.
"Watts always told me, 'If you're not going to pay me, I'm going to get you.' And every time I ran into him, he put drugs on me," he said. "I went to prison and did 24 months for Watts, and I came back home and he put another case on me."
He and others said there was nothing anyone could do about it. They watched Watts and his crew continue to extort drug dealers and residents, a practice that lasted for years, despite complaints to the police department and statements made during court hearings.
Finally, in 2013, Watts and another officer pleaded guilty to stealing money from an FBI informant, but Watts' sentence of 22 months was shorter than those being handed out to the men he framed.
Thirteen of the 15 men were out of custody before Thursday's hearing, with the other two still behind bars on unrelated charges. Their sentences ranged from nearly a decade to probation. Some said the only reason they were out of custody is that they agreed to plead guilty in exchange for shorter sentences than the drugs planted on them might have produced.
"I had to, I had a baby due," said 33-year-old Marcus Watts, who pleaded guilty to drug charges in exchange for a six-month sentence and a second set of drug charges in exchange for a seven-month sentence. "The way I looked at it was if they put the cuffs on you, you already lost."
Prosecutors asked the judge to act after the conviction integrity unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the cases.
"In all good conscience we could not let these convictions stand," said Mark Rotert, who heads the unit.
The office's agreement to throw out the sentences was part of a larger effort to regain public trust, he said.
In the last two years, the city has seen an officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke is the first Chicago officer in decades to be charged with first-degree murder in an on-duty killing.
Just this week, prosecutors announced they would not retry two men who have long maintained their innocence. One man spent 29 years in prison for a double murder he insists he did not commit. The other spent 27 years in prison in another double murder case involving an officer who has had several convictions overturned amid allegations that he beat suspects and coerced witnesses.
In the cases involving Watts, both prosecutors and defense attorneys suggested that Thursday's order may be just the beginning.
The University of Chicago's Exoneration Project is examining another 12 to 24 cases, but the problem is much larger because Watts was involved in about 1,000 cases and perhaps 500 convictions over eight years, said Joshua Tepfer, a defense attorney with the project.
State's attorney spokesman Robert Foley said prosecutors are investigating dozens of other cases and identified a pattern suggesting "corrupt activity" involving Watts and "members of his crew."
Chicago has paid more than a half billion dollars to settle police misconduct cases in a little more than a decade.
Tepfer would not discuss what the men might do next, but it is almost a certainty that at least some of them will sue the city and the police department. And Tepfer offered a hint about what those lawsuits might contend.
"These convictions stick with you," he said. "You can't get back the time you served. It affects your ability to get jobs, housing. You get thrown off of public aid with a felony conviction."
Alternative Reality Science Extravaganza / Re: Economics of "Saving Agriculture" (Thereby Saving the World)Last post by Fenrir -
Recent EEROI study of wheat and rice in Pakistan
So what you are claiming is that you are managing to sustain an EROI roughly equivalent to Pakistan yet woefully deficient when compared to ancient Rome.
Well, OK, I guess.
Alternative Reality Science Extravaganza / Re: Economics of "Saving Agriculture" (Thereby Saving the World)Last post by Testy Calibrate -
Jeffrey Tambor Exits 'Transparent' After Sexual Harassment Allegations
While a stunner on one level, this move by Golden Globe winner Tambor comes as the show itself was seemingly gearing up to shuffle him off the show.
As Deadline was first to report on November 14, since the first allegation against Tambor was made by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes earlier this month, there have been discussions about writing the actor's transgender Maura character out of the show for the upcoming fifth season. With a tiny bit of wiggle room for what may be legal reasons, it seems today that Jeffrey Tambor just made those talks a reality for the writers' room.
Even before the first claims, Tambor's option for a Season 5 had not actually been picked up, sources tell Deadline. Amazon is currently investigation both allegations and has been speaking to Soloway, members of the production and Tambor. Neither Amazon nor Soloway could be reached by Deadline for a response to Tambor's announcement
Alternative Reality Science Extravaganza / Re: Economics of "Saving Agriculture" (Thereby Saving the World)Last post by Dave Hawkins -
Recent EEROI study of wheat and rice in Pakistan