Police body worn cameras (BWCs) are perceived to deter police misconduct and force departments to be more transparent. Unfortunately, while police BWCs may have their uses, they are also tools that expand the reach of the surveillance state. BORDC/DDF is working to highlight these concerns, and ensure comprehensive guidelines are in place to protect civil liberties wherever body cameras are in use.
Activists’ long-held skepticism of law enforcement’s assertion that Stingray devices cannot intercept the content of voice calls and text messages has been vindicated, with recently released documents revealing that cell-site simulators are in fact able to record calls and capture texts. This demonstrates that government agencies have deliberately and systematically deceived both courts and the public about the true nature of stingrays.
Earlier this year, North Carolina took a crucial step towards increasing police accountability and improving community-police relations when Rep. Rodney Moore of the NC House of Representatives filed The Prohibition of Discriminatory Profiling Bill (H193). Rep. Moore unveiled the proposed legislation last December alongside the state activists, community faith leaders, and NC Legislative Black Caucus… [Read More]
What is Investor-State Dispute Settlement? After half a decade of negotiations, trade ministers from a dozen countries in North America and the Pacific Rim are meeting in Maui from July 28th to the 31st to finalize the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an ambitious trade deal poised to be the economic cornerstone of Obama’s… [Read More]
Last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals dealt a significant setback to the movement for greater transparency and accountability in law enforcement agencies when it ruled that victims of police misconduct have no right to access any sort of information concerning the police department’s investigation of their complaint, or what disciplinary actions might have been… [Read More]