New Tech Gives Cops Ability to Access Live Footage From Home Security Cameras

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I don’t know why anyone thought this was a good idea, but apparently Jackson, Miss. is experimenting with a pilot program that would give police the ability to access real-time video surveillance from your home security camera.

So did none of these people play Watch Dogs? Watch Psycho-Pass? Consume literally any media about the dangers of a surveillance state? No? Go figure.

According to NBC News, police in Jackson, Miss. have partnered with Fusus, a Georgia-based company whose focus is on creating cost-effective surveillance networks for law enforcement, to build a new surveillance network. The proposed network would give law enforcement the ability to access live, real-time footage of private and public security cameras.

Why are they doing this? Well, for the same reason anyone does anything in this country: money.

The pilot program is being explored by cities that are experiencing rising

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Drone Footage Shows Collapse of Observatory

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  • The famed Arecibo Observatory, featured in the films Contact and Goldeneye, gave way earlier this week after its support cables snapped.
  • The National Science Foundation, which ran the Puerto Rico-based radio observatory, released dramatic drone footage of the collapse.
  • The telescope operated for almost 60 years, scanning the skies for asteroids and alien signals and contributing to our understanding of the universe.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released tragic drone footage of the collapse of the famed Arecibo Observatory, which fell this week after 57 years of service.

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    The observatory—made famous by films like Contact and the James Bond flick Goldeneye—probed the distant reaches of the universe for signs of extraterrestrial life, scanned the skies for fast radio bursts, and tracked marauding asteroids zipping through our solar system. It’s

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    Terrifying footage shows collapse of Arecibo Observatory’s massive radio telescope

    It took 17 seconds for Arecibo Observatory’s massive radio telescope to crumble. It will take much longer for the dust to settle.

    The iconic structure in Puerto Rico collapsed on Dec. 1 after cable failures in August and November made the telescope too delicate to safely repair. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which owns the site, knew that the structure could fall any time and was evaluating how to go about decommissioning the telescope. Now, the agency has shifted to evaluating what to do with its wreckage.

    “We’re in the assessment phase,” Ralph Gaume, director of NSF’s Division of Astronomical Sciences, said during a news conference held today (Dec. 3).

    Related: Losing Arecibo Observatory creates a hole that can’t be filled

    He said that the University of Central Florida, which operates the site for the NSF, has hired a clean-up contractor who arrived at the telescope yesterday. “They’re

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    See unreal drone footage of Arecibo Observatory’s catastrophic collapse

    Remarkable video footage of the Arecibo Observatory’s 900-ton platform falling into the 1,000-foot wide dish below was released Thursday by the National Science Foundation. A drone happened to be performing an up-close investigation of the cables that still held the platform above the dish as the cables snapped Tuesday.

    The video of the massive radio telescope shows both the drone footage and the view from a camera in the visitor center that shows the platform falling into the dish just above the jungle floor in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Two massive chunks of the cement towers that the cables were attached to can also be seen falling.

    Two of the cables had previously broken, one in August and another in November, destabilizing the telescope.

    A drone was inspecting the site atop one of the towers, where

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    Schertz releases officers’ body, dash camera footage of Black teen’s arrest

    Schertz officials released new police camera footage Wednesday that shows what happened before and after the arrest of a Black teen seen in a viral video that prompted accusations of excessive force.

    Officials said they had wanted to release the footage of 18-year-old Zekee Rayford’s arrest earlier in the name of transparency. They were only able to release the videos Wednesday after receiving authorization from the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s Office.

    On Nov. 2, Rayford allegedly ran a red light at about 11:45 p.m. on Schertz Parkway and did not pull over when signaled by Schertz police officers Frank Chavarria and Megan Fennesy, according to a police report.

    Instead, Rayford drove to his home in the 1000 block of Keanna Place, where a security camera there provided the first video of his arrest. It has since been shared on social media and drew criticism from family, civil rights activists, and

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    Police To Show Body-Worn Camera Footage At Officer-Involved Shooting Town Hall

    At a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday, San Francisco police will provide details surrounding an officer-involved shooting last week along Market Street that left a man with critical injuries.

    The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and police have said they’ll share body-worn camera footage.

    According to police, before the last Tuesday’s shooting, officers arrived at Market Street between Fourth and Fifth streets to investigate a report of two men fighting, with one of them allegedly armed with a knife.

    That suspect allegedly brandished the knife at officers and, at some point, the shooting occurred. Also during the altercation, officers used less-lethal weapons and a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser stun gun, police said.

    The 26-year-old suspect was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

    The shooting remains under investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office Independent Investigations Bureau, the Department of Police

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    Activists Demand Body Camera Footage Be Released After Omaha Police Fatally Shoot Black Man

    Activists in Omaha, Nebraska, are demanding the release of police body camera footage on Friday, a day after an officer fatally shot a 35-year-old Black man during a traffic stop.

    In a statement, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said two officers on Thursday night noticed Kenneth Jones was moving around in the backseat as they walked toward the vehicle, which had four people inside, and that he refused to put his hands outside the car windows or open his door.

    One of the officers then broke the car’s window with their flashlight to get the door opened, Schmaderer said, after which Jones was pulled out of the backseat when he refused to get out.

    Schmaderer said footage from a police cruiser camera shows officers telling Jones, “Keep your hands where I can see them.” An officer then says, “Watch his right hand,” and later, “He’s got a gun.”

    “The officer

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    Seattle releases police body camera footage of clash with protesters

    Seattle released several lengthy police body camera videos this week revealing the police response to recent demonstrations that saw law enforcement officers repeatedly clash with protesters.

    The footage — which runs nearly four hours — is part of a federal lawsuit against the city by Black Lives Matter activists and the American Civil Liberties Union that alleges the Seattle Police Department violated a judge’s order regarding the use of crowd control-tactics, a police spokesman told Fox News. 

    The videos are from Aug. 26, Sept. 2, Sept. 22, and Sept. 23. The footage is part of the city’s defense to show that officers did not violate the court order. The videos show officers and protesters clashing as authorities attempt to disperse crowds. 

    Seattle police officers attempt to disperse a crowd during an August demonstration.

    Seattle police officers attempt to disperse a crowd during an August demonstration.
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    The department came under scrutiny for its response to demonstrations over the summer that

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    San Jose police required to fast track body-camera footage for major incidents

    In an effort to be more transparent, the San Jose Police Department will now be required to fast track the public release of officer body-camera footage for incidents deemed of “extraordinary public interest” when requested by city leadership, according to a new policy approved this week.

    Sam Liccardo et al. around each other: SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 04: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks during a press conference on June 4, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia and city leaders sought to explain the force police used on crowds during the George Floyd protests in San Jose over the past week. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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    SAN JOSE, CA – JUNE 04: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo speaks during a press conference on June 4, 2020, in San Jose, Calif. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia and city leaders sought to explain the force police used on crowds during the George Floyd protests in San Jose over the past week. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

    Under the new rules, the San Jose City Council has the authority to direct the city manager — to whom the police chief reports — to publicly disclose video footage from high-profile police incidents like the confrontations between officers and

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    Philadelphia releases police body camera footage in Walter Wallace shooting

    Nov. 5 (UPI) — Philadelphia authorities have released body camera footage of last week’s police killing of Walter Wallace Jr., a mentally ill Black man whose death sparked protests in the city.

    The graphic footage was released Wednesday night by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, District Attorney Larry Krasner and other officials. It shows two police officers shooting Wallace 14 times as he approached them on a street while holding a knife.

    Seconds before the officers started shooting, the footage shows, one tells the other to “shoot him.”

    The officers involved were identified as Thomas Munz Jr., 26, and Sean Matarazzo, 25. They have been on Philadelphia’s police force since 2017 and 2018, respectively.

    Officials also released audio of 911 tapes and police radio calls that preceded the shooting.

    “We truly believe that this is an important step in our commitment to transparency,” Outlaw told reporters.


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