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All Cars Are Under Investigation According to LAPD

All Cars Are Under Investigation According to LAPD

By Anthony Alaniz

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, cars within Los Angeles is currently under investigation. What those cars are under investigation for is unknown. The startling stance comes as a records request from the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the data collected by the Automatic license plate reader (ALPR) systems, as well as the department’s policy about the storing and sharing of that data was met with a denial.

The system, which is used in cities across the country, takes photos of all license plates that come into the system’s view. The system collects the location, plate number and time.

The LAPD is arguing that while the information isn’t being used for any current investigations, it could be useful in future ones.

“All ALPR data is investigatory—regardless of whether a license plate scan results in an immediate ‘hit’ because, for instance, the vehicle may be stolen, the subject of an ‘Amber Alert,’ or operated by an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant,” according to the LAPD’s filing.

A similar system was used in Boston until an investigation and public records request showed a stolen car being scanned 60 times without arousing a police response. The program was subsequently shut down.

The LAPD is taking a bold stand against the prevailing traditions of the criminal justice system and the Fourth Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union and EFF are appealing the filing.

Source: Al Jazeera America

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Police Defend DUI Arrest of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

Police Defend DUI of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

By Anthony Alaniz

Larry Davis was arrested Jan. 13, 2014 and charged with a DUI after he ran a stop sign and appeared to be intoxicated during a field sobriety test, according to arresting officers.

Davis said he had only one drink. After blowing 0.00 on a Breathalyzer, he offered to provide a blood sample as well. He ended up spending a day in jail according to the Austin Statesman.

The results came back negative months later. Now, Davis is trying to have his arrest record cleared. The Austin Police are defending their arrest and DUI charge against Davis.

“If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” said Cmdr. David Mahoney, of Austin police said in an interview with The Raw Story. “We need to get them off the road, so that was probably (the officer’s) mindset.”

Davis’ case was dismissed last week. Travis County picked up his legal fees.

“I was arrested for nothing, really,” Davis said in an interview with The Raw Story. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.”

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Escaped camel injured man, chased cars in rural Los Angeles County

By Anthony Alaniz

An escaped camel rampaged a rural Los Angeles county Friday in the unincorporated community of Acton. The camel was reported to be chasing cars shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The camel escaped from an enclosure and stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it.

“My dad . . . tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,” Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. “He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out from under it.”

The father was hospitalized. The man, who hasn’t been identified, needed stiches for a gash in his head, Dossenbach said in an interview with KCBS-TV.

Dossenbach said she eventually captured the camel.

“I just put a halter on him, fed him a treat and he calmly walked down to my round pen and I corralled him,” she said in the interview.

Animal control seized the animal because the owner does not have a permit to have such an animal. The owner, who hasn’t been named, could also be cited for endangering residents, sheriff’s officials said.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune 

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