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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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From the Pentagon to the Police: The 1033 Project

As we saw in Ferguson, and most recently in Dallas and Baton Rouge, every day American police look less like a neighborhood watch and more like a paramilitary force. Here's how and why that happened.

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Use of Force Policy Project

As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the largest police departments in the country.

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The Weapons of Safety and Security in Massachusetts

Weapons are a ubiquitous tool for any police department in the United States. In Massachusetts, the choice of police weapons is delegated to the more than 340 individual police agencies within the state. What weapons have been chosen to provide safety and security to their operating areas?

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Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

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Newport Beach Police Department podcast brings a whole new meaning to "True Crime"

Newport Beach Police Department podcast brings a whole new meaning to “True Crime”

In late September, the Newport Beach Police Department in California released a podcast titled Countdown to Capture detailing the open case against Peter Chadwick. The podcast was written, recorded, and produced by NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella with help from her colleagues in the police department. Emails obtained by MuckRock showed the department’s months-long production process.

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Amtrak Police report blames mystery bystander for 2017 stampede at New York’s Penn Station

Amtrak Police report blames mystery bystander for 2017 stampede at New York’s Penn Station

New documents released by Amtrak in response to a FOIA request shed more light on the 2017 panic and stampede at New York’s Penn Station that injured at least 16 people. While several eyewitnesses claimed panic was as a result of a police Taser being mistaken for gunfire, the officer who discharged the weapon blamed the incident on a mystery bystander yelling “ISIS ATTACK.”

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UPDATED: Police warn against the dangers of marijuana candy, but report no incidents

UPDATED: Police warn against the dangers of marijuana candy, but report no incidents

Public agencies’ annual Halloween candy notices are prevalent across social media and news publications. Marijuana candy, in particular, increasingly dominates fearful headlines ahead of the holiday as more states legalize recreational use of the drug.

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EMS and law enforcement take on the living dead

EMS and law enforcement take on the living dead

Crisis training scenarios using volunteers dressed as zombies make make for incredible FOIA fodder.

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Law enforcement agencies in California will soon be legally obliged to post their guidelines online

Law enforcement agencies in California will soon be legally obliged to post their guidelines online

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a handful of bills this week including new legislation that increases transparency within local jurisdictions in California. In addition to the two new laws we wrote about earlier this week SB-978 was signed, which requires law enforcement agencies to publish their “training, policies, practices, and operating procedures.”

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No response from State Department in two years