Anaheim Police

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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Few Turnout In “Solidarity with Ferguson” At Anti-Police Protest in Downtown Anaheim

Local anti-police activists were doing their part today to associates themselves with events in Fergsuon, MO and fan the flames of unrest with a “OpAnaheim” in front of the Anaheim Police Department.  Judging from the continuously panning recorded live video feeds from InLeague Press, maybe 30-40 people showed up in “solidarity” with Ferguson. It was literally the usual suspects – ...

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OC Register’s Shallow Editorials

My morning cup of Newman’s Special Blend (extra bold) suddenly tasted bitter after reading the editorial on the front page of the Opinion section of Sunday’s Orange County Register (OCR). The meaning of biased and sometimes unwarranted criticism was clear: kudos to Tom Tait, Anaheim’s mayor; boos to Curt Pringle, the city’s former mayor.  The editorial began, “Election season often brings ...

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