Earlier this week, KOMO News published an article on a new initiative that was filed with the Secretary of State on May 20, 2016. Initiative 873 seeks to change the law regarding use of force by removing the phrase “without malice and with a good faith belief” from the existing statute. Today the law reads “A public officer or… Continue reading End The Double Standard For Use Of Force
It seems a somewhat credible news source finally agrees with me on the Seattle Police Department Port Security Grant Network. The Stranger front page story this week is investigating the wireless mesh network! I had no connection with The Stranger story, but I am an obscure blogger investigating the wireless mesh. I made my first request to… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – The Stranger joins the fight!
We know all we need about the Port Security Grant now. At tonight’s public meeting, the third and final public meeting on the Port Security Grant, I asked why the system is run by the City of Seattle Police and not the Port of Seattle Police. The answer from Assistant Chief McDonagh: to get to… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – Ready or not here they come!
Finally, an update! First off, I do have confirmation that the police installed the Canon VB-M40PTZ camera. Second, I think the reason for the coverup is becoming more clear. There appears to be quite a few inefficiencies in this project. The one that rises to the top is the $9795.19 RADIUS server. Unfortunately I still don’t have… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – The city does have the missing records!
Just over a week ago, I sent in a formal appeal regarding the Seattle Police Department’s response to my early February request for the records and maps relating to the wireless mesh network. Like clockwork, I received a reply 5 business days later stating that the department was reviewing my request, and that I would receive a response on… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – Stalling until the public forgets
When you have a city as large as Seattle, distributed records are inevitable. But that doesn’t mean that public records requests need to turn into a game of finger pointing. The police department first tells me that the Purchasing department has the records I am looking for. The Purchasing department tells me the Police and… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – The Public Records Blame Game
I just got home from the police department’s meeting at Belltown Community Center, and I have to say, it was an interesting night. The meeting attendance was extremely light, I don’t believe anyone was actually there to learn about the issue. The room was about half city employees, one third against the police, and the… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – Belltown Public Meeting
The Seattle Police Department will be hosting a meeting at the Belltown Community Center, Tuesday, March 19th at 7 PM. I’ve prepared a flyer with material from the public records returned so far. I’ll be bringing a stack with me to distribute. This flyer presents all the relevant information in a concise form, and debunks many of the department… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – Upcoming Public Meeting and More Records Requests
Right on schedule, my public records request for info on the Wireless Mesh Network is back. What I’ve seen so far is alarming. I found 36 cameras ordered, with network capacity and infrastructure for over 180. Even better, the camera has a face detection function which, per the manual: “detects the position of human face and the… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – The records are in but are they complete?
Hopefully you read my article from earlier this week on the Seattle Police Department’s “Port Security Mesh Network”. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t consider 4th and Cherry the port. If you ask me, it’s quite squarely in the middle of downtown Seattle, you can only see a small sliver of the waterfront from there.… Continue reading Seattle Police Cameras – Not just for the port