FROM Ali Winston
LAPD sees major setback to efforts curbing gang activity A federal judge has barred Los Angeles from enforcing nearly all of its remaining gang injunctions. These court orders can prevent someone from hanging out with friends or family, and restrict activity in certain neighborhoods. About 1,500 Angelenos were still living under these injunctions -- after about 7,000 were released last year.
The Real-life Consequences of Flawed Gang Databases South LA has made great strides when it comes to gang violence over the last several decades, and one tool in the belt of law enforcement has been a database called CalGang. It’s supposed to be a place where law enforcement can cross-check the names of suspects or people in police custody with a list of known gang members. However, according to a state audit out this week, the database is deeply flawed. There are unverified entries, out-of-date information and some of the information is just plain wrong. As it turns out, that can have far-reaching consequences, because immigration officials use the data to deport undocumented people, including those who may have never had gang ties in the US.
Facial Recognition – Good Policing or Invasion of Privacy? LA Sheriff’s deputies have been taking fingerprints with mobile devices for years. Now, they’re equipped with 126 smartphones and tablets to take pictures of people they encounter out in the field. What does this mean for civilian privacy?
LA Law Enforcement to Collect Biometric Data Without any public notice at all, Los Angeles County is taking bids for compiling America’s biggest repository of personal data outside what’s kept by the FBI. And it’s not just personal records, it’s personal characteristics—not only fingerprints, but palm prints, pictures and scans of the iris in your eye. Voice recordings could be next. There’s never been any public announcement. The project was discovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting in the Bay Area.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.