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Anti-Drone Activists Warn Of LAPD ‘Mission Creep’ At Downtown Rally

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Community activists Thursday held a rally at City Hall against the recent acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – by the Los Angeles Police Department. According to the LAPD, these small aircrafts can only stay in the air for about 20 minutes and would have limited use in … Continue reading Anti-Drone Activists Warn Of LAPD ‘Mission Creep’ At Downtown Rally

Anti-spying coalition launches campaign against LAPD drones

By JOSEPH SERNA for the L.A. Times A new anti-police-drone campaign says the risk of Los Angeles authorities abusing their power and spying on innocent civilians is too great to allow the department to start using the devices. Members of a group of civil rights and community activists called the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition stood on the … Continue reading Anti-spying coalition launches campaign against LAPD drones

Shut down the Spy Centers!

Hundreds of people across the country—Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and others–gathered in their communities on Thursday April 10th to demand that fusion centers be shut down, de-funded, and Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) released to their communities. In Los Angeles, over 150 Angelenos gathered outside the Joint Regional Intelligence Center also … Continue reading Shut down the Spy Centers!

The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

By Bruce Schneier Bloomberg.com July 31, 2013 This essay also appeared in the The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Stuff, The Guardian Comment Is Free, and Veterans Today. Italian translation Imagine the government passed a law requiring all citizens to carry a tracking device. Such a law would immediately be found unconstitutional. Yet we all carry mobile phones. If the National … Continue reading The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership

Los Angeles Communities meet with City Human Relations Commission

On December 17, 2013 the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition hosted the Executive Director of the LA City HRC (Human Relations Commission) Patricia Villaseñor and Senior Human Relations Analyst Francisco Ortega at the December Coalition meeting. The agenda for the meeting included a critical, in-depth discussion with HRC representatives regarding the coalition’s proposal to hold effective public … Continue reading Los Angeles Communities meet with City Human Relations Commission

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Holds Press Conference to Announce HRC Hearings on SAR

On Tuesday, October 29th, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition held a press conference on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to announce the passage of a historic motion by the LA City Human Relations Commission (HRC) to hold public hearings on the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) “Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) program, Gang Injunctions, … Continue reading Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Holds Press Conference to Announce HRC Hearings on SAR

October 22 National Day to End Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of A Generation and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

The National Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation was this past Tuesday, October 22nd. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition joined several other community members at the O22 rally and march on Crenshaw Blvd., organized by the LA Chapter of the October 22nd Coalition. At the event the Youth Justice … Continue reading October 22 National Day to End Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of A Generation and the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition