Monthly Archives: December 2014


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Henry Zeigland thought he had escaped death when he broke up with his girlfriend in 1883. She killed herself due to the incident, causing her brother to go after Henry with a gun. The brother thought he shot and killed Henry, so he offed himself… but the bullet only grazed Henry’s face and stuck in a tree behind him. Years later, Henry decided to cut down the tree and used dynamite to accomplish the task. The explosion caused the bullet to shoot out of the tree and straight into his head, killing him instantly. That bullet certainly had his name on it.


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POLICE HUMOUR & JOKES-Meant to kill the dog but killed himself

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The Sentence That Can’t Be Appealed: Police in Pinellas Park, Fla., were pretty familiar with Dennis Eugene Emery, 57 — they had 34 “contacts” with him in two years, including arrests for domestic battery, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and leaving the scene of a crash. They were called to his house again after he had a fight with his wife. Officers say that the fight escalated and Emery went and got a gun, and was threatening to shoot one of the family’s dogs. As he backed down from that threat, he uncocked the pistol — as it was pointed at his face. He shot himself, and was killed. (RC/St. Petersburg Tribune) …Emery’s final arrest was by Officer Darwin.

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POLICE HUMOUR & JOKES-These People Crack Me Up

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These People Crack Me Up: A man called police in Hoover, Ala., to report a woman driving erratically. The caller also alleged that she was smoking crack cocaine — and had a child in the car. Officers located the car in a parking lot, and when one of them approached the vehicle, he saw Bari Williams, 44, allegedly with a crack pipe in her hand. When Williams rolled down the window, the officer said the “smell of burnt crack cocaine was overwhelming.” Williams got out of the car, saying she was a social worker and the pipe was her husband’s, but eventually allegedly confessed to smoking the crack herself. Williams was arrested, and the 5-year-old girl in the vehicle was taken into protective custody. Further investigation determined that Williams is indeed a social worker — she’s a case manager at a substance abuse treatment center. (MS/Birmingham News) …When she tells her clients, “I know what you’re going through,” she’s not kidding

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Can You Just Picture This? In Britain, guns were outlawed, so only outlaws have guns. Except for an unnamed 34-year-old man who attempted to rob a store in Cambridge, England. He apparently couldn’t get his hands on a real gun, so he threatened store staff that he would kill them — while holding up a photograph of a gun. The clerks didn’t feel terribly threatened: they called police, who quickly apprehended the man. Officers didn’t think he was much of a threat to society either: “He was released on police bail,” a police spokesman said, and ordered him to return to face charges in two months. (RC/Cambridge News) …The indigent man was promised appropriate counsel — a photograph of a lawyer.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week that the city has signed a contract to buy 800 TASER International Axon body cameras, using $1.5 million raised from private sources. In addition, the city plans to buy and deploy another 6,200 body cameras this coming year.

“Out on the street, things aren’t always clear cut,” Mayor Garcetti said in a December 16 statement to the press. “These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth — and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows.”

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TASER is one of the top four vendors in the body camera market, and the company’s Axon cameras are in service with numerous police departments, including San Francisco and San Diego. Axon has a 130-degree lens with a 640 x 480 resolution and a 14-hour battery life. Incidents are digitally recorded on the camera and then uploaded to a cloud-based service called That’s the main selling point for Axon, TASER CEO Rick Smith says—it relieves police officers and departments of having to upload all this footage themselves.
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Following the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 killing of Mike Brown, President Obama promised that the federal government would set aside $75 million in matching funds to help law enforcement agencies purchase body 50,000 cameras.

Initially, police unions were opposed to body cameras as being too invasive, but in recent years, and especially after Ferguson, some have been coming around. In Los Angeles, the representative organization for rank-and-file cops has stated that it doesn’t object to cameras. Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, noted in a December 16 statement that the devices “will be useful in defending our officers against false allegations.”
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Still, some have wondered if videotaping cops will make a difference, especially following a Staten Island jury’s decision not to indict officers involved in the recorded choking death of Eric Garner. Without referring to specific cases, Smith notes that psychological studies have shown that even posters depicting watching eyes have an effect on people. Cops will also behave differently, he contends, if they know from the get-go that they are being videotaped as opposed to already “being in a melee and someone whipping at a cellphone.”

What if cops forget to turn on their cameras, or deliberately turn them off? TASER plans next year to roll out Axon Signal, a system that would automatically “turn the camera on for the officer when he puts the lights on in his car or when he pulls his Taser out of his holster or” following “a whole of bunch of [other] wireless triggers.”

Of course, that won’t stop an officer from turning off his camera, but such an action wouldn’t look too good for the cop, Smith says. Besides, no system is foolproof.

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Phillip Hewitson, an elderly man, from Norwich UK, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he’d left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. Phillip opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked “Is someone in your house?”

He said “No,” but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said “All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available.”

Phillip said, “Okay.”

He hung up the phone and counted to 30.

Then he phoned the police again.

“Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot them.” and he hung up.

Within five minutes, Six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Hewitson`s’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to Phillip, “I thought you said that you’d shot them!”

Phillip said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!”

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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian police, as follows from the findings of the latest opinion poll, are far more polite than one could expect them to be years ago.

According to a VTSIOM poll published on Friday, more than a half of the questioned — 56% — trust the police. 13% have full confidence and 43% trust the law enforcers to a certain extent.

In the meantime, 41% claim that Interior Ministry personnel do not deserve trust (27% do not quite trust them and 14% feel no trust towards police at all). Moscow and St. Petersburg have the largest shares of those distrusting police — 53%.

Of all qualities of Russian police displayed over the past two years that deserve criticism the respondents most often mentioned rudeness and lack of tact (11%). These days such complaints have become far rarer than five years ago (18% in 2009). Another 6% recall cases of brutality. Abuse of office for self-serving purposes by some police deserves criticism in the opinion of 7% of those polled. Others witnessed refusal to accept complaints (6%), extortions and bribe-taking (6%) and statistics rigging. As many as 69% said they have never seen anything of the sort in contrast to 62% five years ago.

58% of the polled believe that assistance from police to individuals in addressing their problems is insignificant. 21% of the questioned (35% of poorly educated and 29% of rural residents) have noticed changes for the better in the operation of Interior Ministry units and offices. 13% do not like the performance of Russian police. They argue that harm done by policing outweighs benefits.

The VTSIOM poll was conducted on November 1-2. It encompassed an audience of 1,600 in 45 territories of Russia. The error margin was no higher than 3.5%.

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Is this the police officer of the future?

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart sees the future of Queensland policing looking a lot like Robocop.

But only “the good parts”.

Commissioner Stewart likened new police tools, such as the upgraded roll out of QLITE, which gives police access to databases via an iPad, to “Star Wars-type technology” .

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Police Minister Jack Dempsey said allowing police officers access to databases without heading back to the station saved “up to 30 minutes per shift”.

Mr Dempsey said the government had committed to a rollout of 1750 smart devices capable of accessing the technology this year, but “we have in fact rolled out 2850 devices”.

Commissioner Stewart said it like the stuff of TV shows.  And movies.  And science-fiction.

“Things we have seen on movie shows in the past – the technology is almost Star Wars-type technology is now in the hands of our front line police,” he said.

“It makes it safer for them. It makes it safer for the frontline community and that has always got to be our primary focus.”

While lightsabers for constables were still a while away, Commissioner Stewart did envision a future where police officers were equipped with Google Glass.

“It is an exciting time for policing and you know, people talk about Robocop, that type of technology, I think the good parts of that are not very far away,” he said.

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How Police Officer Body Cameras Work

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Long before the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, which this week prompted President Obama to call for more body cameras to record police activity, departments around the country had been looking at acquiring more of these devices. But with the President’s promise to provide federal funds, the pace of adoption is about to speed up greatly.

“If the federal government puts another $75 million into this and puts another 50,000 cameras in the field, that would significantly accelerate the pace at which the markets are moving,” says Rick Smith, CEO of TASER International, which makes AXON body cameras.

According to Smith, some police unions have resisted body cameras, thinking they might be used as a gotcha device to punish cops who made innocent mistakes. But things are changing because of Ferguson—the controversy convinced many police officers that body cameras protect them too, Smith says. “You now have officers say, ‘I don’t want to be Officer Wilson. I want a camera, so I can show my side of the story,’” he says.

Who Makes Them

The top three players in the body camera market are TASER International, VIEVU, and Digital Ally. TASER offers two types of AXON cameras. One is a compact body camera, smaller than a deck of cards and worn on the officer’s chest. The other, AXON flex, connects by wire to a lens that can be magnetically mounted to a pair of Oakley sunglasses. This layout allows the camera to turn with the officer’s head.

Both AXON cameras have an internal digital storage of 8GB and a battery life of about 14 hours, so the devices won’t die during an officer’s shift. They capture a wide field of view through a 130-degree fisheye lens. The resolution is just 640 x 480, because HD puts demands on storage, bandwidth, and battery power. “The reason why we chose not to go HD on the camera is because it makes your files sizes 5-10 times larger,” Smith says.taser-axon-police body camera image

TASER head-mounted AXON Flex camera.

By contrast, rival provider VIEVU offers a 1280 × 720 LE3 body camera. Company president Steve Lovell says the high definition is advantageous when “when it comes to courtroom evidence.” That tends to produce larger files, but the VIEVU camera has 16GB of internal memory and 12 hours of recording time thanks to an extended battery pack. The LE3’s field of view is just 68 degrees, much smaller than TASER’s. That’s deliberate, VIEVU officials say—they designed the camera without night vision, infrared, or a fisheye lens because it is meant to record just what the officer would be able to see, Lovell says.

Because it would generate too much data and drain the batteries, these cameras aren’t recording non-stop. But that’s a problem—if an incident were to catch an officer off-guard, it could be halfway over by the time he or she can turn on the camera. For such situations, the TASER AXON cameras have a buffering capability that records the 30 seconds of activity that happened before the police officer turned on the camera. The VIEVU LE3 lacks that buffering capability, but Lovell says there’s a reason. “When the officer does not have direct control over the start/stop of the recording, the Officer may accidentally record in a location that is illegal,” Lovell says.

Smith says the AXON camera system does not record audio during buffering mode, so non-work conversations will not be recorded. In addition, there’s a privacy function that allows the officer to stop all audio and video recording.

The Chain of Custody in the Cloud

AXON’s police cams generate 2GB of data per officer per day. That’s evidence. “You can’t just use Dropbox or some sort of consumer application to store your files,” Smith says—there has to be a secure, tamper-proof way to store data that adheres to the rules safeguarding the chain of custody. AXON uses its cloud-based, subscription service called

“We have a dedicated hardware dock, which is like a charging station but is in fact an encryption module that connects to the camera, pulls data off of it, encrypts, and sends it to for storage and for… when the data is being handled,” he says. We spent tens of millions of dollars building it—the project leader was project manager for Xbox Live.”

VIEVU offers its own cloud-based solution, VERIPATROL Cloud, but doesn’t require it as part of the camera system, Lovell says. Both systems rely on digital signatures to safeguard against tampering.

Details Matter

A 2012-2013 study conducted with the Rialto, Calif., police department found that wearing body cameras resulted in a 60 percent decline in the use of force by police and a whopping 88 percent drop in citizen complaints against officers.

For those outside the industry, the call for more body cameras “sounds good in theory, but the details matter and implementation issues abound,” says Patrick Eddington, a civil liberties and homeland security policy analyst at the CATO Institute, in Washington, D.C.

More broadly, it reflects a breakdown in public trust of law enforcement. “Technology alone can’t fix that problem,” he adds. “Only a return to demilitarized, community-grounded policing practices—with stringent and effective oversight mechanisms—will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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Police to trial unmanned drones in some world law enforcement situations,


Raising concerns: NSW Police is trialling unmanned drones in search and rescue operations, but the news has sparked concern among privacy advocates. Photo: Bradley Kanaris

The NSW Police is trialling unmanned drone aircraft, which if successful could be used in search and rescue and emergencies.

The police, with the assistance of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, will run the trial using a range of models in a variety of situations.

The announcement has sparked concerns from civil libertarians, who want strict guidelines on when police can use such devices, to avoid having the aircraft hovering above the city watching innocent civilians.

But Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon said police were looking at using the devices primarily in place of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, to reduce costs and the risk to officers.

“RPAs [remotely piloted aircraft] could be equipped with video technology, including infrared technology, to aid police conducting search, rescue and emergency responses,” Mr Lanyon said.

NSW, the largest police force in the country, is not the first Australian law enforcement agency to trial drones.

The Australian Federal Police already use the aircraft in big investigations but only at crime scenes where they have a warrant. One was used by the AFP during last year’s search for the body of murdered anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay at Hay, in southern NSW.

Queensland and South Australian police own two each but have strict guidelines on how and when they can be used. Victorian police said they did not own or use drones.

Mr Lanyon said only trained and qualified operators would pilot the devices and strict protocols, procedures and legislative parameters were in place.

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Stephen Blanks said he did not oppose police using drones for search and rescue operations.

But he said the public must be assured they would never be used for general surveillance activity.

“If there are benefits which can be had from the use of devices like this in emergency situations then there should be rules in place which allow these devices to be used,” Mr Blanks said.

“But we also need rules that make it absolutely clear how long recordings are kept for, when they are destroyed and notification of people who may be concerned about being captured by these devices.”

NSW Police said it was conscious of privacy issues and had undertaken consultation to ensure it complied with privacy legislation.

“The use of new and emerging technology that is operationally effective and cost efficient makes complete sense,” Mr Lanyon said. “The purpose of the trial is to ensure that any privacy concerns are considered and addressed prior to future deployment.”


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