Senior writer @ibtimes. Occasional bylines @newsweek. Covering tech, criminal justice. Always looking for good stories. E-mail: e.markowitz@ibtimes.com.

Police Are Deleting Smartphone Videos At Crime Scenes Even Though It’s Illegal

Police Are Deleting Smartphone Videos At Crime Scenes Even Though It’s Illegal
ibtimes.com — LOS ANGELES - In the early hours of April 13, 2015, in a residential neighborhood in south Los Angeles, police arrived outside the home of Alex Jimenez, a 35-year-old man who was experiencing severe "emotional issues," according to Luis Carillo, an attorney now representing Jimenez's family.

After Ukraine Cyberattacks, FBI And DHS Urge US Power Companies To Develop Better Safety Protocols

After Ukraine Cyberattacks, FBI And DHS Urge US Power Companies To Develop Better Safety Protocols
ibtimes.com — Just after 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2015, a freezing day in Western Ukraine, an unknown hacker logged in to the Ivano-Frankivsk's computerized electrical grid control center and, in a few seconds, abruptly shut down all electricity to the area's 225,000 residents. The effects were immediate and far reaching.

Warfare 2.0: A Day In The Life Of A US Army Cyber Soldier

Warfare 2.0: A Day In The Life Of A US Army Cyber Soldier
ibtimes.com — In 2003, Maj. Peter Di Giorgio, a West Point graduate, deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq. Now, he's deployed on an altogether new type of battleground: taking down enemy combatants in the virtual world and defending the country from malicious hackers overseas.

For Safety, Or Profits? Inside The Debate Over Contraband Jail Cellphones

For Safety, Or Profits? Inside The Debate Over Contraband Jail Cellphones
ibtimes.com — Six years ago, Robert Johnson, a captain with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, was getting ready for work when an armed gunman kicked down his door, shot him six times in the stomach and chest, and left him for dead.

For Safety, Or Profits? Inside The Debate Over Contraband Jail Cell Phones

For Safety, Or Profits? Inside The Debate Over Contraband Jail Cell Phones
ibtimes.com — Six years ago, Robert Johnson, a captain with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, was getting ready for work when an armed gunman kicked down his door, shot him six times in the stomach and chest, and left him for dead.

The FBI Now Has The Largest Biometric Database In The World. Will It Lead To More Surveillance?

The FBI Now Has The Largest Biometric Database In The World. Will It Lead To More Surveillance?
ibtimes.com — The story of how the FBI finally tracked down notorious fugitive Lynn Cozart, using its brand-new, $1 billion facial recognition system, seems tailor-made to disarm even the staunchest of skeptics. Cozart, a former security guard in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was convicted of deviant sexual intercourse in 1996.

How Prison Phone Calls Became A Tax On The Poor

How Prison Phone Calls Became A Tax On The Poor
ibtimes.com — On a recent sticky morning in a trailer park in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mary Jo Barnett switched on her 8-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet to speak with her 20-year-old daughter, Amber, who suffers from bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

LAX On High Alert After Brussels Terror; Los Angeles Airport Tragic Scene Of Previous Attacks

LAX On High Alert After Brussels Terror; Los Angeles Airport Tragic Scene Of Previous Attacks
ibtimes.com — LOS ANGELES -- Two officers, each carrying M-16 assaults rifles and 9mm pistols at their sides, stood silently on guard outside a departure gate of the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, where enhanced security measures have been in place since this morning's attacks in Brussels.

Tasers Legal? Supreme Court Suggests Stun Guns Should Be Protected By The Second Amendment

Tasers Legal? Supreme Court Suggests Stun Guns Should Be Protected By The Second Amendment
ibtimes.com — Should the Second Amendment, which protects gun ownership in America, be extended to stun guns? The U.S. Supreme Court today suggested yes in a ruling on Monday, giving a boost to Arizona-based Taser International, which makes the eponymous Taser used by police departments across the country.

‘Zootopia’ Brings In $73.7 Million For Massive Box Office Weekend

‘Zootopia’ Brings In $73.7 Million For Massive Box Office Weekend
ibtimes.com — The animated Disney flick "Zootopia" just had a stunning weekend in the box office, taking in $73.7 million domestically while bringing its total worldwide ticket sales to $232.5 million since opening three weeks ago. As Deadline.com reported, the film was helped by strong sales in China and Russia, which contributed an additional $63.4 million in ticket sales this weekend.
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May 03, 2016

RT @bradheath: One Calif. drug dug successfully sniffed $2.9 million. (They keep track.) pic.twitter.com/BFvxDkTgdr

May 03, 2016

RT @christopherzara: Cops are NOT allowed to snatch your smartphone and delete pics, but some do it anyway. ibtimes.com/police-are-del… @EricMarkowitzkowitz

May 03, 2016

great little backstory on the rags-to-riches story of Leicester City FC's billionaire owner ibtimes.com/what-king-powe… pic.twitter.com/wTQ4kGg17f

May 03, 2016

RT @markberman: Supreme Court Justice Breyer: California embodies the death penalty's "fundamental defects" wpo.st/Hv0Y1

May 03, 2016

totally insane. from a new report: "Louisiana Death Sentenced Cases and Their Reversals, 1976-2015" pic.twitter.com/QyHQzbaO1h

May 02, 2016

RT @michaelhayes: In Brooklyn today: 81-year-old man exonerated 52 YEARS after his wrongful murder conviction buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/81-y…

May 02, 2016

This is really happening, happening. Mobiles working. Mobiles chirping. theawl.com/2016/05/if-a-s…


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