The 14 officers were originally suspended without pay, but Goldsmith ruled in May that they must be put on paid leave. Three of the eight officers the city wants to fire have resigned, although one of them, Michael Celis, is seeking to return to duty after learning about the statute of limitations issue. … [Read more...] about Judge: San Francisco can’t fire cops who exchanged racist and sexist text messages
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“I treat lots of doctors and nurses who have anxiety disorders, and who wear masks all the time, and literally no one has ever said ‘I feel afraid wearing a mask in the operating room,’” Hudak said. For patients with panic disorders, he says the issue of mask-wearing just doesn’t come up, he added. “If we all had to breathe through snorkels, that would be a potential issue for someone with an anxiety disorder,” Hudak said. “But mask-wearing is not a trigger for panic attacks.” … [Read more...] about Shoppers are suing over mandatory mask rules, but doctors don’t buy it
It's also important to note the downward pressure prosecutors apply, whether consciously or not. After all, police have very little incentive to make arrests for crimes that won't be prosecuted. That isn't to say police don't play an outsized role in how laws are enforced and who gets targeted, and much of the conversation over the last weeks and months has rightly focused on police bias and brutality. But in an American criminal justice system largely defined by mass incarceration, it's prosecutors, not cops, who set the agenda, and that agenda, it turns out, is directly related to the way their job performance is measured. … [Read more...] about Can technologists help end mass incarceration?
The technology is also facing new legal challenges. Earlier this week, the American Civil Liberties Union in Michigan filed an administrative complaint with Detroit’s police department over what could be the US’s first known wrongful arrest involving facial recognition technology. According to the ACLU’s complaint, Detroit law enforcement believed that a man named Robert Williams stole several watches from a local store last January after following a lead provided through facial recognition. Williams was arrested outside of his home in January and spent over 30 hours in a detention center outside of Detroit. … [Read more...] about Feds would be banned from using facial recognition under new bill
Secretary Tillerson plans to push responsibility for cybersecurity issues deeper into the department's bureaucracy as part of the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. The move is part of a much larger reorganization of the State Department by Tillerson—undertaken largely to accommodate a slashing of the department's budget. Healy told Ars that it's too early to judge what the impact of the move will be. "Because of mistrust of the administration and lack of credible information," he said, "the [cybersecurity] community is perhaps getting over-anxious. I'm very curious to see what the plan is. This could work out if the team is strengthened, led by an ambassador/assistant secretary, and combined with the Internet governance and telecom team." … [Read more...] about Tillerson cuts high-profile cyberdiplomacy office in State Dept. reorg