Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts lawmakers this week voted to ban the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and public agencies in a sweeping police reform bill that received significant bipartisan support. If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.



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The bill, S.2963, marks yet another state government tackling the thorny ethical issue of unregulated facial recognition use in the absence of any federal guidance from Congress. It also includes bans on chokeholds and rubber bullets in addition to restrictions on tear gas and other crowd-control weapons, as reported by TechCrunch. It isn’t a blanket ban on facial recognition; police will still be able to run searches against the state’s driver’s license database but only with a

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Jammu And Kashmir Police Signs Agreement With BSE For Skill Development For Wards Of Policemen

Jammu And Kashmir Police Signs Agreement With BSE For Skill Development For Wards Of Policemen
Jammu And Kashmir Police Signs Agreement With BSE For Skill Development For Wards Of Policemen

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Jammu:

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited for skill development training courses for wards of police personnel.

The MoU was signed by AIG welfare Manoj Kumar Pandith, on behalf of J&K Police (JKP), and BSE Institute Ltd (BIL) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ambrish Dutta in presence of Director General of J&K Police Dilbag Singh here, a police spokesperson said.

The MoU is for collaboration to mobilise, train, design courses and support wards of JKP officials — serving, retired as well as martyred.

“The objective of this agreement is to improve skills of these wards. Under this agreement, BIL will design course, train, do assessment and certification of trainees as per prescribed guidelines,” the spokesman

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Police Officer On Administrative Leave During Investigation Of Post On Social Media

An officer with the Pacific Grove Police Department has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a post on social media, officials said Sunday.

Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said she is “deeply concerned by these allegations” that stem from a post on the social media platform Parler, which Madalone described as “like Facebook, but without censorship.”

She said the post in question, which was reported to the department, stated “F— Black Lives Matter.”

The city said in a news release that, “This is the same officer that had the controversial decals affixed to his vehicle that were reported to the city back in May of 2020. Unfortunately, the findings of that investigation were part of a personnel matter, therefore disclosure of the details of the investigation are prohibited by law.”

“I want to assure the public that we are committed to providing the

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J K Police signs MoU with BSE for skill development training for wards of policemen

     Jammu, Nov 29 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited for skill development training courses for wards of police personnel.
     The MoU was signed by AIG welfare Manoj Kumar Pandith, on behalf of J&K Police (JKP), and BSE Institute Ltd (BIL) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ambrish Dutta in presence of Director General of J&K Police Dilbag Singh here, a police spokesperson said.
     The MoU is for collaboration to mobilise, train, design courses and support wards of JKP officials — serving, retired as well as martyred.
     “The objective of this agreement is to improve skills of these wards. Under this agreement, BIL will design course, train, do assessment and certification of trainees as per prescribed guidelines,” the spokesman said.
     He said the agreement would cover skill development programmes for youth, women and other eligible candidates

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Police design new uniform hijab hoping that it will attract more Muslim women to join up

  • Pc Uzma Amireddy designed a new uniform as the old one was uncomfortable
  • The North Yorkshire police officer is a positive action coordinator with the force
  • She believes the newly designed police uniform will help with recruitment
  • Pc Amireddy said the people of North Yorkshire are able to look past the hijab 

A police officer who helped design a new hijab because the one provided was uncomfortable and unsafe said she hopes it will inspire other Muslim women to join the force.

Pc Uzma Amireddy, a positive action coordinator, said the hijab given to her by North Yorkshire Police was uncomfortable, did not look good and was potentially unsafe in hostile situations.

She said: ‘If you want to attract people from diverse backgrounds they have to feel and look good in their uniform and something like that certainly will put people off joining.

Pc Uzma Amireddy, pictured right, designed a
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Man out $48,000 in computer scam: Highland Heights Police Blotter

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ohio

Fraud: South Greenway Court

A man, 78, reported Nov. 12 being the victim of a scam after he called a phone number associated with an email about anti-virus protection. He was under belief he was going to receive virus protection, but during the call he gave access to his bank accounts and a $48,000 transfer took place. The transfer was successful as the man did not report the incident for several days. Police are working with his bank to investigate the matter.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A Cleveland man, 57, stole $432 worth of merchandise from Home Depot Nov. 11 and left in a vehicle as a passenger. That vehicle was stopped by South Euclid police and the man admitted to theft. He was charged with theft and turned over to Maple Heights police on active warrant.

Theft: Wilson Mills Road

A shoplifter fled from Home Depot

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Los Angeles Police Department Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Software

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The Los Angeles Police Department issued a moratorium on the use of commercial facial recognition software on Tuesday, effectively ending a trial with dystopian software manufacturer Clearview AI that the department had long sought to downplay.

The decision reportedly comes after Buzzfeed News probed the LAPD’s use of the software, which officials had in the past claimed to only deploy “sparingly.” Contrary to those claims, however, the investigation found that more than 25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches over a three month period in 2019, using the facial recognition software as a tool to scrape non-criminal images from their vast databases. Typically, those databases are compiled by culling photos from social media and other public internet platforms, which has drawn the ire of civil liberties activists who claim that the data is gathered without the consent of the

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Mississippi Police Officer Fired For ‘Racist, Misogynistic’ Kamala Harris Social Media Post

A Mississippi police officer was fired for posting highly controversial comments on social media concerning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.



Kamala Harris wearing a suit and tie: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center before President-elect Joe Biden's address to the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks on stage at the Chase Center before President-elect Joe Biden’s address to the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Byhalia Police officer David Pannell’s post mocked Harris’ “Cindarella story” ascension to the second-highest political office in the nation following the recent November 3 poll and also falsely asserted that Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden had dementia, according to local media reports.

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“She will be an inspiration to young girls by showing if your sleep with the right powerfully connected men then you too can play second fiddle to a man with dementia,” Pannell wrote.

His comments drew an immediate rebuke from the National Association for

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Arkansas police chief resigns after threatening to kill Dems on Parler

  • The police chief of Marshall, Arkansas, resigned on Saturday after journalists unearthed some of his social media posts, where he threatened violence against Democrats and mocked transgender people.
  • In posts published on Parler, Lang Holland threatened to kill “Marxist Democrats,” made derogatory statements about transgender people, and said former President Obama should be executed, KATV and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
  • In one post, Holland’s account was also found to have shared a meme from a user named “QAnon+,” KATV reported. QAnon is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory.
  • Holland, who had served as police chief for two years, appeared to deny being behind those posts at first, but Mayor Kevin Elliott later confirmed and condemned the posts.
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The police chief of Marshall, Arkansas, has resigned after journalists unearthed some of his social media posts, where he called for violence against Democrats, made derogatory statements

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