While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report. The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning. The man had a firearm conviction and gang associations, so out of caution police called a negotiator. The suspect […]
Volusia County, Florida Sheriff Ben Johnson is not happy that his military vehicles are being taken away. Police in Florida are complaining that the Obama Administration is recalling military-style tanks that many have complained made American city streets look like foreign war zones during unrest in places like Ferguson, Missouri last year. Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said losing an M113 — an armored personnel carrier — will result in some of his officers going on “suicide missions,” the Orlando Sentinel reports. Scrutiny of the program intensified after images from the unrest in Ferguson showed […]
Jonathan Miller is a City Councilman from Prairie View, TX. The same town Sandra Bland died in. He was recently tased by police at his own home, while he was kneeling. From the L.A. Times: One witnesses said Miller was tased while he was on his knees with his hands at his side. The encounter began when police stopped to question several of Miller’s fraternity brothers gathered outside his house Thursday. When Miller attempted to intervene, police ordered him to step back, then tased and arrested him for reportedly interfering with police duties and resisting […]
Every week we think we’ve seen the worst example of unjustifiable police violence on an unarmed suspect, but then the next week comes and another horrific incident occurs. Gilbert Flores was a suspect in an assault case and led the police on a chase. He surrendered to police with his hands up and was shot by two officers. Source.
‘Blue Courage’ was created after the incidents of Ferguson brought on a new sense of urgency to police demilitarization. Source.