Today a broad coalition of civil rights, privacy, and technology organizations issued a sweeping rebuke to the use and misuse of predictive policing products by police departments as the technology and policy firm Upturn released a report on the topic.
There is a knock on your door. It’s the police. There was a robbery in your neighborhood. They have a suspect in custody and an eyewitness. But they need your help: Will you come down to the station to stand in the line-up?
The Table began with four civil rights organizations and six organizations focused on media justice and/or public interest technology—and grew to include more than 30 organizations.
Each year, more and more police departments across the United States send their officers into the field wearing body-worn cameras. Many believed that by providing first-hand evidence of interactions between officers and the public, these cameras could enhance transparency, improve accountability, and foster greater public trust in local law enforcement.
Civil and human rights groups and technology experts issued statements following the announcement by Axon (formerly known as TASER International) regarding body cameras.
We believe that jurisdictions should work to end secured money bail and decarcerate most accused people pretrial, without the use of “risk assessment” instruments.
The resource used for organizing a campaign calling for a halt to Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s extreme vetting process, which proposed using predictive software to discriminate against immigrants.
In the wake of high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston, Baltimore, and elsewhere, law enforcement agencies across the country have rapidly adopted body-worn cameras for their officers. One of the main selling points for these cameras is their potential to provide transparency into some police interactions, and to help protect civil rights, especially in heavily policed communities of color.