Jan 072016
 January 7, 2016  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Joe Cadillic writes:

Under a proposed new law, Missouri cops will record a person’s race, their perceived sexual orientation, religion, disability and their English language proficiency!

Reams of data now show that “driving while black” is a real offense in the eyes of some Missouri officers and departments and it’s about to get worse!

Below are a some excerpts taken from the new law….

Read more on MassPrivateI.

The law reads as if the intent is to collect data, aggregate it, and determine if there is a problem reflecting bias. There is no indication that the observations will be tied to any individual’s name. Disturbingly, however, the data will not be tied to any officer’s name or ID, either, meaning that if a police officer is biased, the public will not know who s/he is…?  One of the provisions of the law:

iv. Provide for the protection of the privacy of individuals whose data is collected by not providing to the public individual names and identifying information regarding the particular law enforcement officers who made the stops and the pedestrians, drivers, and passengers who were stopped.

And if this is all about “perceived” sexual orientation, etc., why does Joe say that police will ask? I put the question to Joe, who responded:

Officers conduct what’s know as ‘threshold inquiries’ which allow them lots of
latitude to question (interrogate) a person(s).

Knowing the police world as intimately as I do, what they’re really saying is
question them about everything.

Once DHS took over our Police, everything’s changed.

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