Apr 092015
 

In a March 19, 2015, response to my public records request, the Los Angeles Police Department responded, “To the extent that any such records may exist…they would constitute official information.” The letter goes on to state that all requested documents are exempt under California Government Code section 6254(k) and section 6255 without indicating whether such records exist. However, a little research shows that on August 2, 2005, the Los Angeles City Council approved the purchase of a cell phone tracking system from Digital Receiver Technology for an amount not to exceed $260,000. Background material for the agenda item stated, “Most […]

Apr 082015
 

In a March 30, 2015, response to my public records request, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office claims that requested records are exempt from disclosure – without actually making a determination that the records actually exist. With respect to a non-disclosure agreement between the FBI and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the letter states: Pursuant to California Government Code 6254(f) ” … Records of intelligence information or security procedures of, the office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice …. ,” are exempt from disclosure, therefore this part of the request is denied.  Based on the response, it is […]

Apr 082015
 

In an emailed response to public records request, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office released a lightly-redacted copy of its non-disclosure disagreement with the FBI. The document is dated December 7, 2012, and uses the same template of the NDA between the FBI and the Erie County Sheriff that was released by the ACLU on April 7, 2015. The NDA includes these references to public records requests: 7. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department shall not, in any civil or criminal proceeding, use or provide any information concerning the Harris Corporation wireless collection equipment/technology, its associated software, operating manuals, and any […]

Apr 072015
 

The source for this text is the non-disclosure agreement between the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI obtained by the ACLU. U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation June 29, 2012 Scott R. Patronik Chief Erie County Sheriff’s Office 10 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 Re: Acquisition of Wireless Collection Equipment/Technology and Non-Disclosure Obligations LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE (LES): The information in this document is the property of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may be distributed within the federal government (and its contractors), U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, public safety or protection officials and individuals with a need […]

Apr 072015
 

In a March 31, 2015, response to my public records request, the Monterey County Office of the County Counsel said that the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office had no responsive records. After extensive review of Monterey County Sheriff’s Office records, it has been determined that there are no documents which are responsive to any of the categories contained in your Public Records Act request.

Apr 072015
 

In a March 23, 2015, response to my public records request, the Delaware Division of State Police, noted that it does have a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI for cellular telephone monitoring and surveillance equipment. The letter states, Law Enforcement Sensitive: the information in the nondisclosure agreement is the property of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may be distributed within the Federal Government (and its contractors), U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, public safety of protection officials and individuals with a need to know. Distribution beyond these entities without FBI Operational Technology Division authorization is prohibited. No information yet about […]

Apr 062015
 

Dustin Slaughter wrote for The Declaration on April 2, 2014 that the Pennsylvania State Police had StingRays from Harris Corporation since at least December 2013. In a March 30, 2015, response to my public records request, the Pennsylvania State Police acknowledged that responsive records included “a four page correspondence dated August 18, 2011, from the FBI to PSP [Pennsylvania State Police] marked law enforcement sensitive and a two page agreement between Harris and PSP.” The response also states, “The PSP, upon receipt of a request(s) for cellular telephone surveillance records, confers with the FBI in contemplation of a response to […]

Apr 062015
 

On July 21, 2009, the Anchorage Assembly approved the purchase of a KingFish Dual-Mode system from Harris Wireless Products Group (Harris Corporation) for $109,600, plus $9,600 to train four officers of the Anchorage Police Department. The background material for the meeting included a June 24, 2009, memo (Old link – broken) detailing the capabilities of the KingFish system: Identify location of an active cellular device to within 25 feet of actual location anywhere in the United States Track the route of any active cellular device and record tracking information for evidentiary purposes Mimic the functional appearance of an active cellular […]

Jan 242015
 

From Reuters: “Reuters interviewed 25 African American male officers on the NYPD, 15 of whom are retired and 10 of whom are still serving. All but one said that, when off duty and out of uniform, they had been victims of racial profiling, which refers to using race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime. The officers said this included being pulled over for no reason, having their heads slammed against their cars, getting guns brandished in their faces, being thrown into prison vans and experiencing stop and frisks while shopping. The majority of the […]

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