Poor Doors, Hot Trains, Old Ads: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

It's hot pretty much everywhere and everyone's in a horrible mood. Which means there is plenty of ruining of cities to be had—so much so, that I've had to double up on this week's selections. From a plan to plunge Russia into darkness, to a steamy, sweaty Tube in London, it's What's Ruining Our Cities: The Dog Days of… » 7/27/14 4:00pm Sunday 4:00pm

Small Town Police Are Getting Leftover War Vehicles and Machine Guns

As America's wars wind down, the troops are coming home and so are the M-16 rifles. Armored cars, land mine detectors, silencers, aircraft, and other leftover military equipment are flowing to police departments big and small. Free stuff is tough to turn down, but does a small Wisconsin city that hasn't seen a… » 6/09/14 3:40pm 6/09/14 3:40pm

The LA Police Wants to Use Crowdsourced Photos to Solve Crimes

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched a new website and companion mobile app that allows people who are witnesses to large emergencies can submit photo or video evidence they might have recorded. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea—but like all mass information collection, the idea has a dark… » 5/06/14 5:01pm 5/06/14 5:01pm

NYC Cyclist Arrested for Trying to Film a Cop with His Phone

When 24-year-old Brooklyn resident Will Paybarah was stopped by police for running a red light on his bike on March 20, he was expecting a ticket or possibly just a warning—until he took out his phone. "When I tried to record my interaction with the officer I was arrested... in 10 seconds flat," he tells Gothamist. » 5/04/14 6:00pm 5/04/14 6:00pm

Police Are Testing a "Live Google Earth" To Watch Crime As It Happens

In Compton last year, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: Watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from… » 4/14/14 2:20pm 4/14/14 2:20pm

Good guy cop pranks people by pulling them over to give them $100

There are few things that make your stomach drop faster than seeing a police car siren in your rearview mirror. Those flashing lights almost always mean you're in for a reaming, a possible court date, a hefty fine and maybe even weekends lost to traffic school. It's the worst feeling ever. Unless the cop pulling you… » 4/02/14 7:45pm 4/02/14 7:45pm

Jackass Who Lasered Children's Hospital Chopper Gets 14-Year Sentence

Astounding moron Sergio Rodriguez got slapped with a 14-year prison sentence earlier this month, convicted of aiming a laser pointer at an emergency medical helicopter taking a young patient to Children's Hospital of Central California. Remember folks, trying to blind pilots midair is a very, very bad idea. » 4/01/14 12:00pm 4/01/14 12:00pm

9 Incredible Aerial Pics Of London, Seen From A Police Helicopter

London looks cool from street-level. London looks really, really cool from a helicopter—specifically from the Metropolitan Police Department's Air Support Unit, a fleet of three that flies around providing support to the ground-bound team below. In between felony-fighting duties, the officers manage to take some truly… » 3/21/14 6:40pm 3/21/14 6:40pm

How a 1940s Gangster Film Foresaw the Surveillance Tech of Today

White Heat is a classic gangster film from 1949, starring James Cagney. It is a thoroughly Los Angeles flick, filmed almost exclusively in the Greater Los Angeles region, including scenes shot at Warner Brother Studios in Burbank. The film is considered a classic for many reasons—but what's interesting in terms of… » 1/28/14 3:40pm 1/28/14 3:40pm

What the terrifying future of a drone police force would look like

Let's face it. If you believe that Amazon can realize the awesomeness that is drone delivery, you should halfway fear a future of an overbearing police drone force monitoring us. That terrifying totalitarian future might not be as promising as Amazon's vision for drones but what does that matter to an obsessive… » 12/11/13 7:32pm 12/11/13 7:32pm

Cops Made Over 1 Million Requests for Cell Phone Data Last Year

Police don't have much trouble getting access to your cell phone data. Location data, call records, text messages—it's all up for grabs, often without a warrant. In fact, last year alone, law enforcement authorities made at least 1.1 million requests to mobile carriers for your information. » 12/09/13 12:20pm 12/09/13 12:20pm