Police tech

  • With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

    With AI investments, Taser could use its body camera division for predictive policing

    After announcing that it would shift some of its emphasis away from non-lethal weapons to police body cameras, for a fleeting moment it felt like the company synonymous with sticks that electrocute people was showing an interest in police accountability. Analysis from the Intercept and a 2017 “Law Enforcement Technology Report” by Taser suggest that the reality might be more… Read More

  • Police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools

    Police are increasingly using social media surveillance tools

    We’re approaching a level of social unrest that we haven’t seen since the days of the Civil Rights movement. That means law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out how to manage and circumvent the unrest — a lot of which has resulted from the police killings of unarmed black people — through surveillance. You may remember that, back in August, Bloomberg found… Read More

  • Video: Miami, Houston police plotting future drone aircraft

    I do not fear Skynet is real, but this is getting pretty creepy. The Miami-Dade and Houston police departments is petitioning the FAA for clearance to start flying unmanned drone aircraft over the city to track down perps. They’re thankfully not for patrol or traffic uses, those will stay with the beat cops, but they’d be deployed in SWAT or chase situations to give the police a… Read More