NJ .com: How we built the largest database of police force in N.J. history. “In the 17 years since the Attorney General’s Office first required police to report when they use force, in hopes of identifying problematic officers, departments and trends, the system has been virtually ignored. It took a landmark New Jersey Supreme Court ruling 16 months ago to make these reports fully available to the public. To produce The Force Report, NJ Advance Media filed 506 public records requests and collected 72,607 use-of-force forms covering 2012 through 2016.”
KSLA: FBI database to track deadly encounters with police. “The federal government is launching a national database that will track when law enforcement officers use deadly force, providing more transparency about police shootings that have inflamed tensions in cities around the country.”
InSight Crime: Can a New Database Help Tackle Argentina Police Corruption?. “The launch of a new registry detailing thousands of corrupt officers removed from Argentina’s largest police force could signal a fresh effort to clean up the institution, but questions remain as to whether it will be effective, or even sufficient. The registry, which contains the names of 8,500 officers discharged since 1966, was announced this past month by María Eugenia Vidal, governor of the Province of Buenos Aires.” Unusually, this database is open to the public, which is why I include it here. Most of the database page translates from Spanish except the database itself, I think because it’s embedded. Look for the “Accede a los datos completos en” link at the bottom of the embedded data and that’ll open a new page which you can translate.
Engadget: Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide trial. “Prosecutors are once again hoping that smart speaker data could be the key to securing a murder conviction. A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to provide recordings from an Echo speaker between January 27th, 2017 and January 29th, 2017 (plus info identifying paired smartphones) to aid in investigating a double homicide case. The court decided there was probable cause to believe the speaker might have captured audio of the murders and their aftermath.”
The New York Times: Searching Social Media for Clues About Violent Crimes. “In the last several weeks, my colleagues and I have reported on two suspects in high-profile crimes: Robert Bowers, the man accused of killing 11 people in a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and Cesar Sayoc Jr., who has been charged with sending explosives through the mail to prominent Democrats and news organizations. On Tuesday, a judge ordered Mr. Sayoc to be held without bail. In both cases, the social media accounts of the suspects were instrumental in determining possible motives for their alleged crimes.”
ZDNet: The police are now using artificial intelligence to spot fake robbery claims. “Law enforcement agencies across Spain have adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) system capable of uncovering fake crime and theft claims. Researchers from Cardiff University and the Charles III University of Madrid developed the AI system, dubbed VeriPol, which uses automatic text analysis and machine learning to identify false statements.”
Business Insider: France wants Google to take down pictures of prisons after ‘the jailbreak king’ escaped one by helicopter. “France has asked Google to remove photos of prisons from the internet, including one from which a notorious criminal known as ‘the jailbreak king’ escaped by helicopter this year. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said she had written to the internet search engine to request the removal of sensitive photos, but no action had been taken.”