I'm fine with the military giving surplus gear to police departments, but those donations need to come with a requirement that the beneficiary police department draw up a set of rules outlining when it is appropriate and permissible to use heavy-duty equipment…
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Sgt. Whitcomb's statement needs to be more absolute, more unequivocal.
1. The number of Mobile Forensic Data Extraction devices, GPS tracking devices, biometric technology, cell phone sniffers, deep packet sniffers, unmanned aerial vehicles (sometimes called “drones”), apparatuses and systems for augmented detainee restraint (also known as shock-cuffs), Cellebrite or other mobile forensics units, and devices capable of facial or behavioral recognition currently owned, leased, or borrowed or proposed for purchase or acquisition by DEPARTMENT and the unit or division of each agency given primary use of each device.
2. All practices, procedures, and trainings governing use of all such devices.
3. All policies relating to the maintenance and retention of information obtained through such devices, including but not limited to, policies detailing how records of such information are kept, databases in which they are placed, limitations on who may access the records and for what purposes, circumstances under which they are deleted, and circumstances under which they may be shared with other government agencies or nongovernmental entities.
4. The legal standard or level of suspicion (e.g. probable cause, reasonable suspicion, relevance) the agency requires or proffers prior to using such devices.
5. All applications submitted by DEPARTMENT for equipment through the Department of Defense’s “1033” program (either directly to the Department of Defense or to your state’s administering agency), including whether the application was granted, denied, or granted in part (and if so, how).
6. All “1033” program inventories created and maintained pursuant to the May 22, 2012, moratorium (see https://www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/…).
7. All applications submitted by the DEPARTMENT for equipment through the Department of Defense’s “1122” program (either directly to the Department of Defense or to your state’s administering agency), including whether the application was granted, denied, or granted in part (and if so, how).
without the space of course.
I'd be shocked if either the mayor or the new police chief actually excercised control over our police department to a degree to actually keep that corrupt group of thugs from deploying whatever armored cars they have this year against the next batch of sign wavers that "occupy" Westlake park for an evening.
I saw a vehicle like it at a West Precinct picnic in Occidental Park 10 days ago. I asked the cop nearby, "Why is that here? Are you expecting a war?" He replied, "No, but I've been to war. That keeps us safe." He had a real, "come and get me, bro," attitude. He wasn't as cocky as members of the so-called Anti-Crime Team I met at Westlake Park in 2011 (those guys came on the scene and tried to pick fights with anyone who addressed them), but he did seem like the type who'd be right at home at doing door-to-door searches in Fallujah. Or Seattle.