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Oakland Police and Alameda County District Attorney enter into five year cell site simulator sharing agreement
A recently released Memorandum of Understanding from December shows that Oakland Police have entered into a five year no-cost contract for utilization access of the Alameda County District Attorney’s cell site simulator surveillance equipment.
Chris McDaniel is currently a reporter for BuzzFeed News covering execution drugs. This week, Chris lets us in on some helpful FOIA tricks, tells us how the Missouri DOC paid executioners in cash, and talks about battling increasing secrecy in the death penalty world.
We’ve sent requests to police departments around the country for their incident reports, threat assessments, and any other records we can get surrounding the law enforcement response to the protests surging through American cities. While most of our requests are still processing, what we have received illustrates how remarkably unprepared some law enforcement was for demonstrations of this scope.
It turns out that EMAC deployments are not only opportunities for law enforcement to study up on counter-demonstration tactics, but are also pretty expensive - Wisconsin came close to spending two million dollars to send deputies to Standing Rock to participate in suppressing the #NoDAPL protests.
For the first time since obtaining non-profit status, MuckRock has been designated by a federal agency as a commercial requester, this time by the Army Corps of Engineers, which has determined there to be no public interest in releasing material related to the #NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock.