Sydney Morning Herald: How the cosmetic cowboys ran free on the wild west of social media

Sydney Morning Herald: How the cosmetic cowboys ran free on the wild west of social media. “Calls to Dr Lanzer’s Melbourne clinic were bounced to a call centre in the Philippines with a message that no bookings for surgical procedures will be taken at this clinic until next year. Industry regulators, for their part, confirmed they were investigating the allegations outlined in the media investigation, Cosmetic Cowboys, which included videos of doctors dancing and laughing as they performed liposuction on an unconscious patient while holding a long stainless-steel cannula.”

Gothamist: NYCLU Sues NYPD For Still Keeping Full Set Of Disciplinary Databases Away From Public View

Gothamist: NYCLU Sues NYPD For Still Keeping Full Set Of Disciplinary Databases Away From Public View. “In their complaint filed Thursday in State Supreme Court, attorneys for the NYCLU said the NYPD had illegally denied a request for more disciplinary records of officers the group made through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) in April. The group claimed last year’s repeal of the state’s 50-a provision—which protected officers from having their disciplinary records made public—allowed such access.”

Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’. “Over the summer, an anonymous tipster reached out to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with an alarming complaint. Sue McIntosh, a retired physician, was mailing fake coronavirus vaccine and mask exemption forms to those who reached out and followed her instructions, the person reported. All a requester had to do, the tipster wrote, was send McIntosh a stamped and self-addressed manila envelope ‘for every person you would like an exemption for.’”

The Oregonian: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation

The Oregonian: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation. “The Oregon Medical Board revoked the license of a Dallas doctor earlier this month after he refused to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spread misinformation about masks and over-prescribed opioids to his patients, according to medical board documents. The board also fined Steven Arthur LaTulippe $10,000 on Sept. 2.”

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct

Charlotte Observer: NC criminal justice group launches database to track reports of police misconduct. “Emancipate NC, a Durham-based criminal justice organization, has launched a platform to track police misconduct throughout North Carolina. The non-profit said its online tool will allow people to report negative experiences with law enforcement officers, and that community responses will be used to form a database.”

Gothamist: Brooklyn DA Releases Massive Trove Of Internal Documents On NYPD Misconduct

Gothamist: Brooklyn DA Releases Massive Trove Of Internal Documents On NYPD Misconduct. “The records reveal a wide range of misconduct allegations and findings against NYPD officers ranging from dishonesty to brutality to inappropriate associations with criminals. The release consists of District Attorney’s office letters prepared for defense attorneys and defendants to inform them of past police conduct that could undermine the credibility of officers called to the stand.”

Mashable: Apple AirTags used to show possessions of unhoused people taken to dump

Mashable: Apple AirTags used to show possessions of unhoused people taken to dump . “Ethically, the power to covertly track things with AirTags is a doubled-edged sword. The tiny Bluetooth devices from Apple are notoriously creepy. However, according to the Portland Tribune, they also helped one Portland, Oregon, lawyer prove that a city contractor was illegally sending unhoused people’s property to the landfill.”

USA Today: Biden wants more transparency for police disciplinary records. Experts say it’s harder than it sounds.

USA Today: Biden wants more transparency for police disciplinary records. Experts say it’s harder than it sounds.. “The George Floyd Justice Policing Act of 2021, introduced originally in 2020, would create a federal registry of police misconduct complaints and disciplinary actions. The bill passed through the House on mostly party lines in early March but has met gridlock in Senate. But the move to make the records public is more difficult than it seems, experts say. Here’s why.”

WFLA: New law creates Florida database for teacher firings, resignations over sexual misconduct

WFLA: New law creates Florida database for teacher firings, resignations over sexual misconduct. “HB 131 requires the Florida Department of Education to create and maintain a list of people who are disqualified from teaching in the state. Included in the database would be reasons for termination as well as a list of teachers who resigned rather than be fired for sexual misconduct.”

New York Times: N.Y.P.D. Releases Secret Misconduct Records After Repeal of Shield Law

New York Times: N.Y.P.D. Releases Secret Misconduct Records After Repeal of Shield Law. “Nearly nine months after New York lawmakers, inspired by mass protests over police brutality, repealed a law that kept the discipline records of officers secret for decades, the New York Police Department on Monday began publishing some of the sealed information. The department released partial disciplinary records for all 35,000 active police officers dating back to 2014 in an online database, searchable by name. Separately, officials posted redacted copies of more than 200 decisions by judges in administrative trials, going back to 2017.” It’s my understanding that this is a separate release (though it may contain overlapping information) from the CCRB release last week.

Boing Boing: Database of police settlements

Boing Boing: Database of police settlements. “Five Thirty Eight published a database of police settlements at Github—a unique body of information that reveals the financial costs incurred by America’s excessively violent cops. But it cautions against using the information to draw comparisons between jurisdictions.”

New York Magazine: The City Just Released a Massive NYPD-Misconduct Database

New York Magazine: The City Just Released a Massive NYPD-Misconduct Database. “While much of the information contained in the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s database was made last summer by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the CCRB’s release of records marks the first time a city or state agency has made such a database available in compliance with last summer’s repeal of 50-a, the state law that had long shielded police-misconduct records from public scrutiny.”