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Chicago PD Emphasizing Facial Recognition for Investigations

by Anthony W. Accurso

A report from Business Insider made public an internal Chicago Police Department (“CPD”) presentation that emphasizes the increasing use of facial recognition to identify suspects in investigations.

Law enforcement agencies have been making a lot of noise about end-to-end encryption (“E2EE”) of private messaging applications, all ...

Illinois Limits Police Access to Data Stored by Third Parties

by Anthony W. Accurso

Illinois recently passed the Protecting Household Privacy Act (“PHPA”), which limits state law enforcement access to data stored by third parties, i.e., companies like Google and Facebook, requiring warrants in most circumstances, and establishing disclosure and retention limitations.

Both the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ...

Cop Training Other Cops to Use Facial Recognition to ID Individuals During Traffic Stops

by Anthony W. Accurso

Maryland Detective Nick Jerman was featured in a July 2021 episode of the Street Cop Podcast in which he teaches officers to use subterfuge and publicly available facial recognition tools to identify people during traffic stops.

The Street Cop Podcast, hosted by its founder Dennis Benigno, ...

U.S. Treasury Bypasses Fourth Amendment by Buying Location Data for Law Enforcement Purposes

by Anthony W. Accurso

Recent FOIA disclosures revealed two contracts for law enforcement agencies under the U.S. Treasury—the IRS and Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)—which will allow the agencies to obtain location data about persons being investigated, an action that circumvents legal requirements.

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling ...

The Feds Are Monitoring Messaging Apps, and Some Are Shockingly Unsecure

by Anthony W. Accurso

On January 7, 2021, the FBI published a document entitled “Lawful Access,” detailing what information is available from various online messaging platforms and providing guidance to various law enforcement agencies on how such data can be obtained through procedures already authorized for investigative purposes.

The document ...

Kentucky Supreme Court: Traffic Stop Impermissibly Extended Where Officer Stopped Writing Citation to Aid Drug-Detection Dog’s Sniff of Vehicle’s Exterior

by Anthony W. Accurso

The Supreme Court of Kentucky held that a police officer impermissibly extended a traffic stop when he suspended the completion of writing a traffic citation to assist other officers conducting a vehicle sniff using a drug-detection dog.

Just before midnight on April 21, 2017, Officer Ryan ...

Police Outsourcing Reduces Transparency

by Anthony W. Accurso

Transparency and accountability in law enforcement make for better relationships between police and the communities they serve, but a growing reliance on tech provided to police by private companies is reducing transparency.

An October 2021 report in the journal Science highlighted this trend of outsourcing police ...

A House Built on Discriminatory Sand

Strategies for Pushing Back on Data-Driven Policing Trends

by Anthony W. Accurso

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”) released its Task Force report on data-driven predictive policing in September, 2021, highlighting the failures of predictive policing and making policy recommendations regarding its use.

In 2017, the NACDL created ...

New Hampshire Supreme Court: Warrant Required to Enter Walled-In Porch Attached to Mobile Home

by Anthony W. Accurso

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire held that a warrantless entry of an enclosed porch attached to a mobile home was constitutionally impermissible because the homeowner took steps to protect his privacy in that space.

Officers with the Conway Police Department received a tip on April ...

Martinsville Seven Pardoned 70 Years After Execution

by Anthony W. Accurso

Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) signed posthumous pardons for seven Black men denied due process in a criminal case following a rape allegation involving a white woman in Martinsville, Virginia, in 1949.

On January 8, 1949, 32-year-old Ruby Stroud Floyd alleged she was raped by 13 Black ...



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