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License plate scanners check police database in real time ...

License plate scanners check police database in real time
Folks attending Super Bowl festivities in the Big Apple next month will likely encounter the
automobile-equivalent of RoboCop – a souped-up cruiser being touted as the greatest asset in the
NYPD’s counter-terrorism arsenal. The NYPD’s new “supersmart car” boasts infrared sensors,
radiation detectors and high-tech cameras capable of beaming live video feeds back to personnel at
headquarters.

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    • NYPD Testing ‘Smart’ Cars Adan Salazar Infowars.com December 31, 2013 License plate scanners check police database in real time Folks attending Super Bowl festivities in the Big Apple next month will likely encounter the automobile-equivalent of RoboCop – a souped-up cruiser being touted as the greatest asset in the NYPD’s counter-terrorism arsenal. The NYPD’s new “supersmart car” boasts infrared sensors, radiation detectors and high-tech cameras capable of beaming live video feeds back to personnel at headquarters. Infrared scanners, mounted on the trunk of the modified Ford Hybrid – an overt nod to the “green” movement – serve to scan every license plate number they come across, simultaneously cross-checking them against the NYPD database in alleged hopes to retrieve stolen cars, nab car thieves, apprehend warrant violators, or simply go after people with unpaid parking tickets. “It can scan hundreds of plates in minutes,” Captain Max Tolentino told the New York Daily News. Attached to the rear windshield, a radiation detector scans the air for increases in radiation levels and also transmits the data back to HQ. Additionally, a surveillance camera with the capacity to “digitally record everything that passes in front of its windshield,” according to the Daily News, allows headquarters to access omnipresent live video feeds. The department has been testing the car for the past year in the Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhoods as part of its NYPD2020 initiative, an all-out effort that “leverages the latest advances in technology, organization, and training to keep the city safe into the next decade.”
    • The police commissioner succeeding Ray Kelly, William Bratton, will decide whether or not to purchase a fleet of Smart patrol cars, according to the Wall Street Journal, but apparently figuring out a way to fit them into the department’s budget, and not the violation of millions of New Yorkers’ privacy, seems to be the only concern. And this smart car’s features are just the tip of the iceberg. In the near future, Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo says, “smart cars might include fingerprint scanners and facial recognition sensors.” However, naturally and thankfully, the Big Brother-on-wheels has encountered resistance in the form of privacy advocates. In July, the ACLU released a report entitled, “You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used To Record Americans’ Movements.” The organization claimed that, of the vast majority of license plate data collected, “only a fraction of 1 percent of reads are hits – and an even smaller fraction result in an arrest.” The ACLU also warned license plate readers could be abused, and can lead to “pervasive, permanent monitoring,” although their recommendations for curbing the activity are rather lacking and lenient. Big Apple surveillance has come a long way in eliminating civil liberties since 9/11, but as long as police mention it’s being done in the name of combating “terrorism,” it appears there’s no extent to which people will surrender privacy.
    • Boston Bans Smoking In Public Parks Breitbart December 31, 2013 Boston approves ban on smoking in city-run parks BOSTON Boston has banned smoking in city-run parks, joining a growing list of American cities to do so. The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday approved a ban covering the 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and other spaces run by the Parks and Recreation Department, including Boston Common, the Public Garden and Franklin Park. No one spoke in opposition to the ban. The ban takes effect immediately and applies to tobacco, marijuana and other "lighted or vaporized" substances. Violators face a $250 fine. The City Council approved the measure last month. "This amendment is necessary to maintain the health and safety of our public parks and ensure that these valuable resources can be enjoyed by all Boston residents," Mayor Thomas Menino said in a letter supporting the ban. The Parks Department will post signs about the ban and the fine, and her department and the Health Commission will pass out informational materials, commission spokeswoman Jacque Goddard told The Boston Globe ( http://b.globe.com/19Y5Hok). Police and park rangers will enforce the measure, which is an expansion of an existing law that prohibits smoking at playgrounds. The ban will improve health, said Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "Secondhand smoke in any concentration is dangerous," Ferrer said. "There's no safe level of exposure." New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles are among other large U.S. cities with similar bans.
    • Report: Cop Pepper-Sprays 13-Year-Old Boy Kit Daniels Infowars.com December 31, 2013 Penn. state trooper claims that he maced two cats instead A Pennsylvania State Trooper is now on unpaid leave after being charged with pepper spraying his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son. Police say that Trooper Ernest Boatright, 48, fired pepper spray at the boy without warning after he found him asleep in his bed rather than at school, as WTAE reported. According to court records, Boatright denied that he maced the boy and said that he only pepper sprayed two cats sitting on the enclosed porch of their Menallen Township, Pa. Home. “Trooper Boatright vehemently denies the charges that have been filed against him,” Boatright’s attorney, Matthew Zatko, said. “He is very much looking forward to the opportunity to defend himself and clear his name.” The boy, however, told police that Boatright had used pepper spray on him before. Boatright, who had been a state trooper since 1989, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment and is scheduled to appear for court in January. Overall, reports of excessive force by police keep increasing as police departments across the nation expand their arsenal of socalled “non-lethal” weaponry. In 2011, a University of California, Davis police officer, John Pike, shot military-grade pepper spray in the faces of peaceful, seated protestors at point-blank range in what became the most infamous case of pepper spray abuse. Pike later lost his job with the university but never faced criminal charges and was even awarded $38,055 in compensation afterwards. Also, as we reported back in September, police often abuse Tasers by employing them multiple times on a single suspect who later dies. Instead of using non-lethal weapons to resolve situations which would otherwise be deadly, police officers are misusing them when force is not even necessary. Trooper charged with using pepper spray as punishment VIDEO BELOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNxg4GDPbIY INFOWARS.COM BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND