Category Archive: Police

A global police misconduct crisis and the Total Surveillance solution

By Simon Davies Each year, between five and six hundred people are killed by US police. To put the figure in perspective, that’s more than twelve times the number of lawful executions across the nation. Except that in this situation most of the victims are declared innocent. In human terms, this is a sobering statistic. …

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European court rules mass surveillance of communications unlawful

By Simon Davies In one of the most significant civil liberties developments of recent years, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU Data Retention Directive  – which requires the mass collection of citizen communications data – is incompatible with the Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. The controversial 2006 Directive requires communications providers …

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UK police action over “liking” a Facebook post could signal a dangerous prosecution trend

By Simon Davies Police in the southern England borough of Kent are considering whether to lay criminal charges against a local councillor for “liking” the Facebook post of a colleague. The move signals a bizarre twist in British policing from extending criminal evidence from content to context. This has the potential to create a serious …

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Better policing requires a fundamental public distrust of the police

By Simon Davies Earlier this week, police in the rugged US state of New Mexico settled a $1.6M law suit brought by a drugs suspect who had been unlawfully subjected to a humiliating array of cavity searches and anal probes. The lawsuit, filed in January 2013 by David Eckert against the Deming and Hidalgo County …

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