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Hands Up, Don't Tweet: Police Departments Across The US Struggle With Social Media

ibtimes.com — Last Friday evening, Texas police officer Darren Goforth stopped at a Chevron station to fill his cruiser's gas tank when a man approached him from behind, pulled out a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, and shot 15 times. A day later, the police arrested a suspect, but so far they have provided no motive for the slaying.
Sep 01, 2015

When police departments want to start tweeting, they turn to this former TV journalist - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/hands-dont-twe…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @learmonth: When police departments want to start tweeting, they turn to this former TV journalist - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/hands-dont-twe…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @learmonth: When police departments want to start tweeting, they turn to this former TV journalist - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/hands-dont-twe…

Meet The Man Who Runs New Orleans’ Entirely Privatized (And Controversial) City Surveillance System

ibtimes.com — "Forgive me if we're in the middle of this and I have to move my attention to the crime cameras. It's just the way of life around here." Today, like most days, Bryan Lagarde is standing in his "incident monitoring center," a small, darkened room inside 1308 Dealers Ave., a squat one-story building in an industrial neighborhood on the west side of New Orleans.
Aug 26, 2015

This New Orleans man runs a massive private surveillance system to fight crime. My story: ibtimes.com/meet-man-who-r… pic.twitter.com/rVmTlbSVXw

Aug 26, 2015

This guy owns the biggest private surveillance network in the US. And he's running the New Orleans Police with it  ibtimes.com/meet-man-who-r…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @learmonth: This guy owns the biggest private surveillance network in the US. And he's running the New Orleans Police with it  ibtimes.com/meet-man-who-r…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @IBTimes: This man runs New Orleans' private (and highly controversial) city surveillance system. bit.ly/1K2L91B pic.twitter.com/12vrLTq5xQ

Aug 26, 2015

RT @IBTimes: This man runs New Orleans' private (and highly controversial) city surveillance system. bit.ly/1K2L91B pic.twitter.com/12vrLTq5xQ

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What Happens When Police Turn Off Their Body Cameras?

ibtimes.com — Body cameras are quickly becoming the most sought-after tech gadget in police departments across America. In the last five years, 34 states have considered new legislation that would require their police officers to wear body cameras, while six states - Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, North Dakota and Utah - have already implemented statewide programs. But in the rush to outfit officers with cameras, a basic question lingers.
Aug 12, 2015

By me: If a police officer turns his/her body camera off, should that be considered a destruction of evidence? ibtimes.com/what-happens-w…

How Private Prison Execs Use Luxe Conferences, Cruises To Court Gov't Officials

ibtimes.com — Free massages, fancy dinner banquets, and luxurious dinner cruises: these are just a few of the ways in which private prison company executives woo government officials at industry-sponsored events, according to a new report to be released today by In the Public Interest (ITPI), a Washington, D.C.-based policy group.
Aug 06, 2015

RT @EricMarkowitz: By me for @IBTimes: How private prison companies court government officials at trade shows and conferences ibtimes.com/how-private-pr…

Can This Software Prevent Acts of Police Brutality?

ibtimes.com — ORANGE COUNTY, California -- In the 2002 science-fiction thriller "Minority Report," Tom Cruise plays a police captain named John Anderton. Anderton's job is to predict crime. Using a giant touch-screen computer, Cruise swipes left and right, and with the flick of his wrist, he can dispatch officers to the scene to nab would-be murderers and rapists before they act.
Jul 30, 2015

I went to California to talk with officers about new software that could prevent an act of police brutality ibtimes.com/can-software-p… @IBTimes

Jul 30, 2015

can software ID cops likely to inflict brutality, prevent incidents? @EricMarkowitz on tech company claiming solution ibtimes.com/can-software-p…

The Story Of Wolfcom: How A Tiny Hollywood Spy Shop Is Taking On Taser In Police Body Cameras

ibtimes.com — LOS ANGELES -- On a mundane stretch along Hollywood's famed Sunset Boulevard, stuck between an Arby's sandwich shop and a Thai noodle joint, sits Wolfcom Enterprises, one of the hottest police technology startups you've never heard of. Visitors to Wolfcom are buzzed through an iron-gated door; then immediately greeted by a full-sized police mannequin standing at least six feet tall.
Jul 24, 2015

This tiny LA spy shop wants to crush TASER in police body cameras - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

Jul 24, 2015

RT @IBTimes: How this tiny LA spy shop became an industry leader in police body cameras: bit.ly/1gSycKD pic.twitter.com/Ad4QUfyHR8

Jul 24, 2015

I visited Wolfcom in LA. In 2008, it was a spy shop. Today, it's one of the biggest police body camera companies ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

Jul 24, 2015

RT @EricMarkowitz: I visited Wolfcom in LA. In 2008, it was a spy shop. Today, it's one of the biggest police body camera companies ibtimes.com/story-wolfcom-…

These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot

ibtimes.com — Fifteen years ago, Beth Curtis' brother, John, was sentenced to die in prison. His crime? Selling weed. In 1994, John Knock was indicted by the Northern District of Florida. Prosecutors alleged that Knock, then 47 years old, conspired to import vast amounts of marijuana into the United States through Canada over several years.
Jul 16, 2015

Prison for life for offenses involving a drug now legal in much of country, @EricMarkowitz on mass incarceration ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

As Obama visits a prison today, time to remember there are people serving LIFE sentences for pot @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @learmonth: As Obama visits a prison today, time to remember there are people serving LIFE sentences for pot @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

These Men Are Serving Life Sentences In Prison For Selling Pot ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

Jul 16, 2015

RT @petersgoodman: Prison for life for offenses involving a drug now legal in much of country, @EricMarkowitz on mass incarceration ibtimes.com/these-men-are-…

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Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Million-Dollar Payments, Tablet Computers For Exclusive Phone Contracts

ibtimes.com — Prison phone calls are notoriously expensive for inmates and their families. Rates as high as $10 for a 15-minute phone call are not uncommon. But for the private tech companies that provide the service, winning those exclusive contracts is enormously lucrative. So how exactly do these companies clinch the deals?
Jul 10, 2015

Telcos w/ exclusc rights handle calls to prison inmates get contracts thru $1 mil payments to prisons @EricMarkowitz ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Millions For Exclusive Phone Contracts (@EricMarkowitz) ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

RT @markfbonner: EXCLUSIVE: Private Tech Firms Securus, GTL Offer Jails Millions For Exclusive Phone Contracts (@EricMarkowitz) ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

Jul 10, 2015

By me: Docs show private tech firms pay $1,000,000 signing bonuses to jails to win contracts ibtimes.com/private-tech-f… pic.twitter.com/Ipk6ECLYY0

Jul 10, 2015

You won't believe what these 'tech' companies pay for prison contracts - @ericmarkowitz exclusive ibtimes.com/private-tech-f…

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Baltimore Is Hosting America's Largest Police Expo This Week And Military-Style Tanks And Grenade Launchers Are On Display

ibtimes.com — BALTIMORE, Md. -- If you've ever wondered where police get their military-style tanks or grenade launchers -- or even those fancy new hi-tech body cameras -- there's a good chance your local sheriff was pitched by a company here at the annual National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) conference, the country's largest trade show for cops, which kicked off Sunday evening in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jun 29, 2015

Baltimore his hosting a massive police expo this week. Cue irony @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jun 29, 2015

Irony? Baltimore is hosting a giant police convention--I'm covering it for @IBTimes. My first impressions: ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @maxwillens: My colleague @EricMarkowitz went to America's biggest police expo, and boy, did he see a lot of rocket launchers. ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

Jul 01, 2015

Baltimore Is Hosting America's Largest Police Expo And Military-Style Tanks And Grenade Launchers Are On Display ibtimes.com/baltimore-host…

This New Tech Is Making Prison Inmates Flush Their Smuggled Cell Phones Down Toilets

ibtimes.com — They come in through the mail, tucked in babies' diapers on family visits, and snuck in by prison guards. Cops say that inmates use cell phones to plan gang attacks or coordinate hits on the outside, and prison officials are desperate to keep them out.
Jun 26, 2015

This New Tech Is Making Prison Inmates Flush Their Smuggled Cell Phones Down Toilets @ericmarkowitz @jeffstone500 ibtimes.com/new-tech-makin…

Jun 26, 2015

I wrote about the technology that keeps cell phones out of the hands of inmates ibtimes.com/new-tech-makin… cc @jeffstone500

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Aug 31, 2015

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