PoliceOne: Federal grant to help Ala. establish a civil asset forfeiture database

PoliceOne: Federal grant to help Ala. establish a civil asset forfeiture database. “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced April 10 a $38,336 grant that will go toward establishing a statewide database to enable the tracking of property seized by police during arrests. The money, which is provided to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice, will go to the Alabama Justice Information Commission for the development of a civil asset forfeiture plan. The plan includes the development of a database.”

New York Times: Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works.

New York Times: Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works.. “Law enforcement officials across the country have been seeking information from a Google database called Sensorvault — a trove of detailed location records involving at least hundreds of millions of devices worldwide, The New York Times found. Though the new technique can identify suspects near crimes, it runs the risk of sweeping up innocent bystanders, highlighting the impact that companies’ mass collection of data can have on people’s lives.”

TechCrunch: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US federal agents

TechCrunch: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US federal agents. “A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers, TechCrunch has learned.”

TechCrunch: 20 years for swatter who got a man killed

TechCrunch: 20 years for swatter who got a man killed . “Tyler Barriss, a prolific and seemingly unremorseful repeat swatter and bomb hoaxer whose fakery got a man killed in 2017, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This hopefully closes the book on a long and disturbing career of random and mercenary harassment and threats.”

CNET: On Reddit, police are reaching communities they can’t on Facebook or Twitter

CNET: On Reddit, police are reaching communities they can’t on Facebook or Twitter. “After resolving a hostage situation in March 2017, the Seattle Police Department held two press conferences. The first was at the crime scene, where officers arrested a man with a knife yelling at police to shoot him after two hours of negotiations. The second was two days later — at an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.”

BBC: Russia police probe ‘dark net’ murder case

BBC: Russia police probe ‘dark net’ murder case. “Police in Russia are investigating what could be the world’s first documented case of a contract killing ordered via the so-called dark net. High-ranking police investigator Yevgeniya Shishkina was shot dead outside her home near Moscow in October 2018.”

New York Times: He Spent 36 Years Behind Bars. A Fingerprint Database Cleared Him in Hours.

New York Times: He Spent 36 Years Behind Bars. A Fingerprint Database Cleared Him in Hours.. “All it took was for technicians in a crime lab to run the fingerprints collected at the scene of a rape through a national database. Within hours, the experts had established a match with a serial rapist. But that was last week — almost four decades after the attack on Dec. 9, 1982, when a woman was raped and stabbed in her home in a well-to-do neighborhood in Baton Rouge, La. A different man, Archie Williams, went to prison for the crime, even though it was known at the trial that the fingerprints were not his.”