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San Francisco Police Will Record Video During Searches

Thanks in part to a grant, 50 plainclothes officers will be hitting the streets with video cameras attached to their chests, at a $1,000 per instrument. Police Chief Greg Suhr claims that the implementation of this new method of conducting searches and serving warrants will eliminate any ambiguity or argument when it comes to whether someone has given permission for a search. Additionally, this use of technology is also meant to keep individual citizens from claiming that they were treated in an unfair or unlawful manner.  Shur insists that it is the police who will be in the spotlight, but will this really...

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Oakland’s Operation Ceasefire Draws Criticism

Mayor Jean Quan has determined to take a different approach to the rising problem of violent crime in Oakland, one that has garnered a great deal of criticism and is simply unconstitutional.  Operation Ceasefire is a simple plan: officers trick suspected gang members into meeting with them in order to offer them certain social services, and then threaten them with arrests if they do not straighten out. One of the key issues with this particular method is that it has led to at least 15 secret arrests.  In other words, Oakland governmental officials and law enforcement agents have continually refused to...

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