Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office Twitterfeed mistakenly contained a retweet from Richard Spencer Monday night.ALAMEDA COUNTYShortly before midnight, the Alameda County Sheriffs Office retweeted a video from prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.The tweet sent to followers of the Alameda County Sheriff's office Twitter page late Monday night included video of a hour-long press conference featuring Spencer's … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff’s Office briefly retweets message from white supremacist leader

Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices

Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern ata town hall Friday evening in Cherryland.ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFFActivists at a town hall Friday in Cherryland shouted down Alameda County Gregory Ahern, jeered, hissed and booed him over his department's immigration policies. "I believe some people should be deported," insisted Ahern.The town hall organized by the local chapter of the … Continue reading Sheriff Ahern remains steadfast in his stance on Alameda County’s immigration practices

Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Alameda Police Chief Paul RolleriALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | When an Alameda police officer was accused three years ago of using excessive force that resulted in multiple arm fractures to a mentally ill man, footage from a body camera purchased by the officer eventually helped to disprove allegations that the officer beat the man while he … Continue reading Alameda’s body camera policy may fall short on transparency

Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Oakland Councilmember Noel Gallo: "Our rightto privacy is being challenged by the tools we carry,"he said, including smartphones.OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | Since the initial unveiling of a controversial citywide surveillance hub in Oakland in 2013, opponents have long called for a definitive privacy policy to protect citizen’s rights. Although, the scope of the proposal, known … Continue reading Privacy policy for Oakland surveillance center moving closer to reality

Alameda Chief on License Plate Readers: ‘I’m not Trying to Spy on Anyone’

Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, above;a version of a patrol car-mounted automated license plate reader, below.ALAMEDA | PRIVACY | The often insular community of Alameda may soon have Automated License Plate Readers rapidly scanning automobiles passing through the island city. However, critics of the police department’s plan say a recently released draft policy is far too vague … Continue reading Alameda Chief on License Plate Readers: ‘I’m not Trying to Spy on Anyone’

State Lawmakers Struggle With Domestic Drones And Privacy Safeguards

Drone replica displayed last February in Alameda County. PHOTO/Shane BondASSEMBLY//DRONES/PRIVACY | As two high-profile drone bills sit in Assemby, members of its Public Safety Committee continue to grapple with the rapidly changing growth and privacy implication that stems from the potential use of public and private unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones.At a hearing Tuesday in Sacramento, … Continue reading State Lawmakers Struggle With Domestic Drones And Privacy Safeguards

Amid Cries Of ‘Shame,’ Oakland Approves Funding Citywide Surveillance Program

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | At a time when Americans are increasingly skeptical of government surveillance in their lives, the Oakland City Council reversed the trend early Wednesday morning by authorizing funding for a large-scale citywide surveillance center backed by federal stimulus dollars.As dozens of critics consistently interrupted and jeered discussion of approving $2 million for the surveillance clearinghouse … Continue reading Amid Cries Of ‘Shame,’ Oakland Approves Funding Citywide Surveillance Program

ACLU: Oakland DAC Amounts To Warrantless Surveillance Of Residents

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL//PRIVACY | Oakland’s plan to link disparate video feeds across the city and port into one massive data center is drawing intense criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. In a letter sent Wednesday to the Oakland City Council, the ACLU says the program, known as the Domain Awareness Center … Continue reading ACLU: Oakland DAC Amounts To Warrantless Surveillance Of Residents

Swalwell Supports Obama’s Use Of Drones; Hedges In Alameda County

Model of a Predator drone outside AlamedaCounty Administrative Building, Feb. 14.CONGRESS | Rep. Eric Swalwell told The Citizen recently that he “trusts the president,” and “fully supports him and doesn’t want to take away authority from him,” when it comes to his use of drones but only hopes he “keeps Congress more in the loop.” Swalwell … Continue reading Swalwell Supports Obama’s Use Of Drones; Hedges In Alameda County

Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

PHOTO/Shane BondALAMEDA COUNTY BOS//DRONES | After months of contention and concern, the residents of Alameda County were finally afforded a public hearing Thursday afternoon to discuss the potential purchase of aerial drones by the county sheriff's department. Activists, many wearing neon colored stickers stating “No Drones,” joined various organization leaders in Oakland to express their dismay in … Continue reading Alameda County Hosts First Public Battle Over Use Of Domestic Drones

Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department says strict guidelines will be used to ensure the use of drones for law enforcement purposes will not be used to violate the privacy of county residents. The sheriff’s department laid out its vision for the potential use of what it calls, small Unmanned Aircraft systems, in … Continue reading Alameda County Sheriff Lays Out Guidelines For Possible Use Of Domestic Drones

Inclusion Of Drone Purchase On Supervisors Agenda Was An Oversight, Says Undersheriff

Linda Lye, attorney for ACLU in Oaklandbefore Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The Alameda County Sheriff's Department says the placement of an agenda item before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning requesting approval for the purchase of an unmanned aerial craft was an oversight.The $31,645 expenditure, included as part of a … Continue reading Inclusion Of Drone Purchase On Supervisors Agenda Was An Oversight, Says Undersheriff

ACLU Asks Alameda County To Put Off Discussion Of Sheriff Purchasing Drones

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to remove a controversial request by its sheriff’s department to purchase an unmanned aerial aircraft at Tuesday’s meeting. The request is buried in a agenda item detailing a $1.2 million Homeland Security grant to the Alameda County … Continue reading ACLU Asks Alameda County To Put Off Discussion Of Sheriff Purchasing Drones