law enforcement

tech-power

Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition systems with little to no rules, found a new study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.
Sarah Emerson
5.16.19
Drugs

The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut Down—What's Next?

Under mysterious circumstances, Dream Market is due to close at the end of April. Is the game up for the big online drug bazaars?
Mike Power
4.10.19
Feature

The Cash-Strapped Museum Embraced by Cops and Corporations

Just a few months after opening, the shaky existence of the National Museum of Law Enforcement suggests that the one-topic museum may exist in a country disinterested in its message.
Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard
3.26.19
tv

The Complications of Liking 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' as a Black Man

Television shows about good cops are hard to enjoy when you are used to negative experiences with the justice system.
Funké Joseph
3.5.19
Predictive Policing

Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm is Fundamentally Flawed

PredPol uses an algorithm based on earthquake prediction to “predict crime.” Academics say it’s simplistic and harmful.
Caroline Haskins
2.14.19
Browsing Black History

On Turning Racist White People into Memes to Cope with Collective Trauma

While names like #BBQBecky and #PoolsidePete are catchy (and funny), many believe the terms for white people weaponizing 911 calls against Black people in blatantly innocuous situations is a form of dealing with pain.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.6.19
immigration

I Was Pulled Off a Bus and Humiliated by US Border Patrol

The author of a viral Twitter thread talks about how his run-in with aggressive law enforcement officers who he says called him an 'illegal.'
Justin Caffier
1.31.19
extremism

How to Deal with Cops Who Believe Wild Conspiracy Theories Like QAnon

Mike Pence appeared in a photo with a cop wearing a "QAnon" patch, and he got demoted. But how many more like him are out there?
Mark Hay
1.10.19
SURVEILLANCE

License Plate Scanners Track Millions of Drivers to Catch a Handful of Criminals

A new collection of data from MuckRock and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has shown that law enforcement agencies only have an average hit rate of 0.5 percent for automated license plate readers.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.16.18
Motherboard

People Keep Calling the Cops on These Drunk Birds

“There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up in a short period of time.”
Becky Ferreira
10.4.18
Weed

A Crippled 76-Year-Old Is Rotting in Prison for a Decades-Old Weed Charge

On the lam nearly 25 years for a pot charge in New York, John Forbis was known to his tiny Oregon community as Steve Causey. Then a bum hip forced him to apply for Medicare under his real name.
Aaron Kase
8.24.18
privacy

How a Horrible Invasion of Inmates’ Privacy Led to This Ridiculous Photo

In an unusual response to concerns raised by a nonprofit, the researchers decided to model themselves.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.21.18
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