cops

ring

Police Promised Witnesses Free Ring Surveillance Cameras If They Testified Against Neighbors

The police department of El Monte, CA started a “Ring Reward Program” about a month before it entered a partnership with Ring.
Caroline Haskins
2 days ago
ring

Ring Told People to Snitch on Their Neighbors in Exchange for Free Stuff

Ring helped people form private ‘Digital Neighborhood Watches’ where they report ‘suspicious activity’ in exchange for free Ring products and discounts, according to a presentation obtained by Motherboard.
Caroline Haskins
8.10.19
amazon

Revealed: The Secret Scripts Amazon Give to Cops to Promote Ring Surveillance Cameras

Documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that Ring provides 46 standardized comments that cops can post on social media, and several documents with scripted responses to possible questions from the public.
Caroline Haskins
8.6.19
amazon

US Cities Are Helping People Buy Amazon Surveillance Cameras Using Taxpayer Money

Documents obtained by Motherboard show that Ring uses partnership and promotional agreements in order to contractually obligate public officials to promote its products.
Caroline Haskins
8.2.19
identity-rights

Cops Teased a Stunt to Ticket People for Good Behavior. It Did Not Go Well

In the same county where Sheriff Joe Arpaio was accused of systematically targeting Latinx people, cops tried to have fun.
Alex Norcia
7.29.19
amazon

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

Ring’s partnerships with law enforcement could be far more more widespread than previously reported.
Caroline Haskins
7.29.19
amazon

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

The Lakeland, Florida police department is required to “encourage adoption” of Ring products as part of a secret agreement with the company.
Caroline Haskins
7.25.19
NYPD

Internal Documents Show Why the NYPD Tries to Be 'Funny' Online

Documents obtained by Motherboard show that NYPD social media officers are explicitly instructed to “be funny” in order to “build trust” on official social media channels.
Caroline Haskins
7.22.19
facial-recognition

Oakland Becomes Third U.S. City to Ban Facial Recognition

Oakland just joined San Francisco, CA and Somerville, MA in banning the use of facial recognition.
Caroline Haskins
7.17.19
SURVEILLANCE

How Amazon and the Cops Set Up an Elaborate Sting Operation That Accomplished Nothing

Behind-the-scenes emails show how Amazon and Ring worked with police in Aurora, Colorado to make people scared of each other.
Caroline Haskins
7.1.19
News

21-Year-Old Politician's Staff Calls Cops on Protesting Senior Citizens

To be fair, the slow march of time is absolutely terrifying. No one wants to be confronted by that.
Sarah Krichel
5.8.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Parrot Got Detained for Yelling 'Police' to Warn Its Owners About a Drug Raid

"He must've been trained for this."
River Donaghey
4.25.19
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