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SF Crime Is So Bad Police Need Quad Bikes That Transform Into Jet Skis

Cops on Segways are so 1993 and no one takes them seriously. That’s why San Francisco now has cops on quadskis, the ATV that turns into a jet ski that turns whoever’s riding it into a kind of poor man’s James Bond. And at least one of them is being used to patrol the San Francisco Bay during baseball games.
» 7/27/15 1:30pm 7/27/15 1:30pm

Indian Police Are Asking Citizens To Periscope Crimes As They Happen

It’s just after midnight and you’re jolted awake by the sound of a window breaking somewhere on your street. You look outside and you see two men who you’re pretty sure are stealing your neighbor’s car. You take out your phone but instead of calling 911, you start live-streaming to Periscope. » 7/10/15 4:00pm 7/10/15 4:00pm

Obama's Ban on Military Gear for Police Won't Fix the Real Problem

American cities resemble war zones during times of protest. Now, Washington’s going to try to fix this problem by rolling back a 25-year-old program that supplied local police forces with free surplus military gear. It’s about damn time—but unfortunately, it’s not going to solve America’s police problems. » 5/18/15 5:30pm 5/18/15 5:30pm

Welcome to the New Age of Counterinsurgency Policing

Last week, as Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) prepared for battle. With state-of-the-art surveillance of local teenagers’ Twitter feeds, law enforcement had learned that a group of high school students was planning to march on the Mondawmin… » 5/06/15 3:40pm 5/06/15 3:40pm

Combat Tech Is Turning Baltimore Into a Paramilitary Zone

In response to rioting and violent protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the National Guard was deployed for riot control in Maryland for the first time since the 1968s race riots. Some 500 troops patrol the city, clad in body armor, with automatic rifles strapped across their chests.
» 4/29/15 2:50pm 4/29/15 2:50pm