Abby Martin calls out an NYPD Twitter campaign that massively backfired when twitter users got police brutality pictures trending instead of the nice police photos the department was hoping for.
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The NYPD asked New Yorkers to tweet images of themselves with NYPD officers, but what they got was not exactly what they expected.
See Molly Crabapple’s tweet at right and search #MYNYPD on Twitter.
Soon police may instantly know the identity and personal background of everyone they see, VentureBeat reports:
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Google Glass may soon become a favored tool for law enforcement agencies in the United States.
The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys, VentureBeat has learned.
The department recently received several pairs of the modernist-looking specs to test out. “We’re trying them out, mostly for patrol purposes,” a ranking New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat. Wireless facial recognition software is one potential use.
The glasses are currently only available through Google’s Glass Explorer program, in which people who interested in acquiring them first apply and then receive notification from Google on whether it accepts or denies their application. Respondents who get the green light must pay $1,500 for the privilege.
Wall Street on Parade on questionable financial institutions teaming with the police to monitor everyone walking the city streets:
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Nothing reveals the incestuous, one-percent-mindset that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have with Wall Street than [a photo showing] an employee of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s number one target for financial fraud investigations, JPMorgan Chase, working inside a high security spy center in Lower Manhattan to — wait for it — help the New York City Police Department catch crooks.
While most law enforcement bodies around the U.S. would instantly weed out serial wrongdoers as job hires, Bloomberg and Kelly have created an art form out of joint policing ventures with Wall Street, operating both a rent-a-cop program with Wall Street as well as pumping at least $150 million of taxpayer money into the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center where Wall Street employees sit elbow to elbow with NYPD officers.
The Broadway Bomb brings together more than 2,500 longboard skaters each year in New York City to push eight miles through Manhattan, from West 116th Street to the Charging Bull in the Financial District. Since it’s inception in 2000, the NYPD has tried to hamper the event by hassling skaters, blocking roads, and handing out tickets. This year the NYPD busted out the orange netting to try and corral the skaters. They failed miserably. It was so bad that someone set the folly to the music from Benny Hill and it couldn’t be more appropriate.
In what smacks of surreal law-enforcement-corporate synergy, a number of media outlets and many on Twitter have reported being stopped on the streets of New York by cops urging them to update their Apple smartphones’ operating systems. Via Digital Trends:
Cops in the city have been distributing fliers outside subway stations and Apple stores urging owners of the iPhone and iPad to upgrade to the recently released iOS 7 operating system, which comes with a new security feature called Activation Lock designed to make life a little more difficult for thieves.
The release of iOS 7 coincides with the launch of two new phones from Apple – the 5S and 5C.
One of the fliers begins “Attention Apple Users!!!!!” – yes, the message was deemed serious enough to warrant five exclamation marks – “As of Wednesday the new iOS 7 feature brings added security to your Apple devices.”
Abby Martin talks to Deepa Kumar, Rutgers University professor and author of ‘Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire’ about the historical context of Islamophobia and how it is used as a tool to perpetuate the War on Terror.
New York Magazine has an epic report on the secret unit built by the NYPD to infiltrate and monitor the city’s various communities for un-American sentiment:
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The activities Kelly set in motion after 9/11 pushed deeply into the private lives of New Yorkers, surveilling Muslims in their mosques, their sporting fields, their businesses, their social clubs, even their homes in a way not seen in America since the FBI and CIA monitored antiwar activists during the Nixon administration.
Putting a CIA officer inside a police department was unprecedented. The CIA, by its very charter, was prohibited from having any “police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers or internal security functions.” But 9/11 had changed the equation.
To the extent Sanchez had an official title, it was the CIA director’s counterterrorism liaison to the state of New York. In reality, he was Cohen’s personal CIA representative, with an office at the CIA station in Manhattan and another at NYPD.
About time! From NBC New York:
A federal judge ruled that the contentious NYPD tactic known as stop-and-frisk violates constitutional rights, appointing a monitor to oversee reforms and ordering the department to test body cameras for officers.
U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote in the opinion released Monday that she was not ordering an end to the practice, but was seeking to provide remedies “to ensure that the practice is carried out in a manner that protects the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, while still providing much-needed police protection.”
She said the practice violates the Fourth Amendment, the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure, and the 14th Amendment, which forbids the denial of life, liberty or property, without due process.
Mayor Bloomberg said the city would appeal, and accused the judge of ignoring “the real-world realities of crime.” He said the judge’s orders, if implemented, would make New York “a more dangerous place.”
“This is a very dangerous decision made by a judge that I think just does not understand how policing works,” he said…
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Joe Lotizo updates us with the latest from this case against the NYPD and city of New York.
Two years ago Lotizo was attacked by a man in the NYC subway who was on a rampage killing people throughout the city. Lotizo managed to take the man down but while doing so suffered multiple stabbing wounds, mainly to the head. While this was taking place, there were 2 NYPD officers watching nearby who only stopped in once the man was disarmed, they then later took credit for the apprehension. Lozito filed charges against the city for the officers not taking any action and the city is now claiming that they have no legal duty to protect any members of the public. Lotizo explains what has happened since he filed charges and what he plans to do next.
Watch the first video where Joe Lozito tells his story of what happened that day on the subway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKVSNjlSp0