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Indianapolis neighborhoods scanning visitors' license plates

Jan. 9, 2021 12:01 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Homeowners associations across Indianapolis are increasingly partnering with private companies to surveil their neighborhoods with automated license plate readers. Georgia-based Flock Safety and California-based Vigilant Solutions are among companies that for years have provided the...

Wichita diverts COVID grant to police anti-cheating software

Jan. 5, 2021 6:50 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council is diverting COVID-19 grant funding that had been intended for hiring a pandemic-control officer and is instead using it to lease software that ensures police officers don't cheat on their training. In May, the council earmarked about $250,000 to hire an...

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California board urges bias reviews of police social media

Jan. 4, 2021 7:43 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California police agencies should routinely review officers' social media, cellphones and computers for racist, bigoted or other offensive content that contributes to disproportionate police stops of Black people, a state advisory board said Monday. The controversial...

Ex-data analyst demands Florida police return computers

Dec. 24, 2020 8:28 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida Department of Health data analyst who says a raid on her home by state investigators was payback for speaking out about what she describes were efforts to falsify COVID-19 figures is demanding that they return seized computer equipment and cell phones. Rebekah...

Indiana police now using drug-detection device on drivers

Dec. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is providing 52 police agencies across the state with a new roadside tool that can detect the presence of cocaine, opiates, cannabis and other drugs. The device called the SoToxa Mobile Test System is a handheld analyzer that uses an oral fluid...

State faults officers' use of force against ICE detainees

Dec. 15, 2020 4:22 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Officers at a Dartmouth detention center used excessive force when they deployed pepper spray, police dogs and a flash bang device against inmates who refused to be tested for COVID-19, according to a state report released Tuesday. In a scathing report, the Massachusetts attorney general's...

Baker sends police accountability bill back to lawmakers

Dec. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker returned a police accountability bill to state lawmakers Thursday, asking for changes before he can sign the legislation. A key element of the long-debated bill is the creation of a civilian-led commission to standardize the certification, training and...

DeSantis appointee quits over raid on ex-state worker's home

Dec. 8, 2020 2:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man appointed to a commission that recommends judicial appointments to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resigned citing the search warrant served on a former Department of Health employee who has criticized the state's COVID-19 data. Ron Filipowski announced his resignation from the...

In this May 15, 2018 photo, Samuel Kolb poses for a photo in San Mateo, Calif. A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by Kolb, who was going through a severe epileptic episode when a deputy shot him in the abdomen, paralyzing him from the waist down. (Karin Kolb via AP)

California county pays $10M after shooting paralyzed man

Dec. 2, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California county has paid nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis two years ago when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down. Placer County paid Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9...

Detroit council approves traffic light camera contract

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit City Council has approved contracts for traffic light-mounted surveillance cameras and software that helps police pinpoint areas where guns have been fired. The city will spend nearly $4 million on the 215 surveillance cameras and technology which officials said will provide...