Category Archives: In the News

LAPD Body Cameras Could Be ‘A Cop-Out’ Say Angelenos

by Arielle Samuelson, Neon Tommy Arts and Culture Editor-at-Large Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck sat, face impassive, as he listened to a second straight day of public comment on the LAPD’s new policy on officer-wearable body cameras. Does anyone outside the LAPD have access to police body camera footage? (Only the Inspector General and … Continue reading LAPD Body Cameras Could Be ‘A Cop-Out’ Say Angelenos

Coalition Continues Protest of LAPD’s New Drone Policy With Downtown LA Town Hall

The Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! campaign is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday By Katherine Hafner, NBC Los Angeles A coalition of Angelenos and civil liberties groups continues to protest two aerial drones obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department, claiming the move is a step toward militarization of law enforcement and … Continue reading Coalition Continues Protest of LAPD’s New Drone Policy With Downtown LA Town Hall

LA County to collect more personal data without public notice

By Ali Winston, Center for Investigative Reporting LOS ANGELES – Without notice to the public, Los Angeles County law enforcement officials are preparing to widen what personal information they collect from people they encounter in the field and in jail – by building a massive database of iris scans, fingerprints, mug shots, palm prints and, … Continue reading LA County to collect more personal data without public notice

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS WANT TO LIMIT POLICE DRONES, BUT ACTIVISTS WANT THEM BANNED

By Charles Davis, Vice The police hate a bill just passed by California lawmakers, saying it unjustly limits their ability to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fight crime. The Los Angeles District Attorney hates it too, complaining that requiring police to obtain a warrant before deploying a drone to conduct surveillance goes “beyond what … Continue reading CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS WANT TO LIMIT POLICE DRONES, BUT ACTIVISTS WANT THEM BANNED

Keep the LAPD drone-free, downtown protesters demand

By JOSEPH SERNA, LA Times An anti-police drone coalition demonstrated outside Los Angeles City Hall on Monday and criticized legislation they said would help clear the way for law enforcement to use the unmanned aerial devices. Members of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition said Assembly Bill 1327 tacitly justifies the use of drones by police because … Continue reading Keep the LAPD drone-free, downtown protesters demand

LAPD On Police Commission Radar, ‘Will Not Be Used’ Before Authorization Given

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Community activists opposed to the use of drone technology by law enforcement in Los Angeles and across the state of California rallied Monday at City Hall. KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports the protest comes in response to an endorsement from Mayor Eric Garcetti of Assembly Bill 1327, also known as the … Continue reading LAPD On Police Commission Radar, ‘Will Not Be Used’ Before Authorization Given