It’s not a chokehold: Study argues police should be able to use ‘safe and effective’ vascular neck restraints

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‘It’s important to note that VNR is distinctly different from a chokehold.’ WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Several cities have banned their local police departments from using any kind of neck restraints in the wake of multiple high-profile deaths in recent years. While the use of a chokehold can impair a suspect’s ability to breathe, a new …

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What is Fog Reveal? Legal scholar explains app some police forces are using to track people without warrant

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By Anne Toomey McKenna, University of Richmond, via The Conversation Government agencies and private security companies in the U.S. have found a cost-effective way to engage in warrantless surveillance of individuals, groups and places: a pay-for-access web tool called Fog Reveal. Fog Reveal enables law enforcement officers to see “patterns of life” – where and when …

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Interactive 3D police lineups improve eyewitness accuracy

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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Adding an interactive 3D element to police lineups can help eyewitnesses more accurately identify perpetrators, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Birmingham created the software behind these findings themselves, and then tested it out with a group of volunteers. This potentially game-changing new technology allows eyewitnesses to …

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Providing local police with military equipment doesn’t reduce crime after all, study shows

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Providing police officers with military equipment doesn’t actually reduce crime at all. That’s the main conclusion from a new study by researchers at Louisiana State University. On a purely literal level, local police forces and the five branches of the U.S. military perform entirely different functions and services to society. Police exist …

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Simply Wearing Police Uniform Can Cause Bias, Study Finds

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ONTARIO — The debate over racial profiling among law enforcement has taken front and center repeatedly over the past few years, and now new data offers an alarming perspective. Simply wearing a police uniform may cause an individual to feel biased towards others, a new study finds. Researchers at McMaster University in Canada conducted an experiment …

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