Anaheim Police

MacDonald’s “New Crime Wave” Deserves the Huff Award

Darrell Huff wrote a classic book in 1954: How to Lie With Statistics. Heather MacDonald’s argumentative column in the Wall Street Journal (May 29, 2015) predicting a new crime wave in our country would have been prime fodder for a chapter in Huff’s book. Huff’s chapters offer object lessons in ways that journalists use statistics to confuse and deceive readers. ...

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“Community Letter” From Anaheim Police Department Regarding Cel Phone Simulator Tech

The Anaheim Police Department has released this letter to the community regarding the use of Stingray-type technology: “In response to recent media reports regarding police use of “cell site simulator technology,” the Anaheim Police Department has released the following letter to the members of our community.” Community Member: ln response to recent media reports concerning police use of certain technology ...

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The Chief Simulates Trust and Transparency

[Using StingRays, the Anaheim Police Department] can locate, interfere with, and even intercept communications from cell phones and other wireless devices. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used such cell site simulator technology to track and locate phones and users since at least 1995” (Electronic Privacy Information Center, 2015). Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada released a statement yesterday “to provide ...

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StingRay: Government’s Violation of Privacy Continues

An article in yesterday’s New York Times further reveals the ​increasing ubiquitous ​use of governmental surveillance of cell phones of law-abiding citizens—belying the President’s commitment to unprecedented​ accountability, openness, and transparency in government: My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen ...

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ACLU Sues Anaheim For Records of Police Using Cell Phone Surveillance Devices

AnaheimBlog‘s Dr. Hugh Glenn posted here yesterday about his efforts to obtain confirmation from the Anaheim Police Department as to whether the department is using Stingray, a device that “mimics a wireless carrier cell tower in order to force all nearby mobile phones and other cellular data devices to connect to it.”: Does the Anaheim Police Department (APD) use Stingrays? ...

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Surreptitious Police Surveillance: Another Nail in the Coffin of Privacy

Privacy in America died many decades ago, a reality I first witnessed during the 1970s. I worked as a diagnostician in a psychiatric medical group that provided psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children, as well as educational and speech services to children. Within three years of operation, however, staff members billed our principal health insurer for more services than it ...

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Whatever Happened to AT&T in the APD?

Last year, the Anaheim City Council voted to spend $1,150,000 to purchase body cameras for uniformed officers in the Anaheim Police Department (APD)—despite the absence of any substantive evidence to support their effectiveness. “Little is known . . . whether the technology increases trust, legitimacy, and transparency of the police” (White, 2014, p. 35). Mayor Tait endorsed their use as ...

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New Federal Profiling Guidelines Discriminate Inconsistently

Throughout most of the United States, the term racial profiling is a misnomer because for many years this term has included race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin. The most visible exception is probably the stop-and-frisk practice of the New York City Police Department. During January through September 2014, New York police officers initiated 38,456 stops and interrogations of which 4,590 ...

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Squandering Dollars for Police Body Cameras

For the same reason that a family of four does not need four washing machines or four swimming pools, each police officer in the nation does not need a body camera, an assault weapon, a motorcycle, and a police car. The White House believes otherwise. This week, President Obama proposed new initiatives, potentially costing taxpayers’ $263,000,000—including the purchase of 50,000 ...

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OC District Attorney Rules Shooting of Robert Moreno – The Criminal Who Shot K9 Bruno -“Reasonable and Justified”

  Late last month, the Orange County District Attorney’s office released its report on the March 20, 2014 shooting death of Robert Andrew Moreno, who fired several times at Anaheim police officers, who returned fire and killed him.  This was the incident during which Anaheim PD K9 Bruno was shot by Moreno. The report has received virtually no coverage. I’m ...

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