Inquest Holds Police Accountable for Hillsborough’s 96 Dead

A Coroner’s inquest today found that West Yorkshire Police, and specifically Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” in the 1989 incident which left 96 dead and 766 injured. The injuries were sustained by Liverpool fans as they were crowded into stands at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium beyond its capacity, leading […]
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No Grand Jury Indictment in Ferguson Shooting of Brown

The Grand Jury is not going to indict officer Darren Wilson over the August 9 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting, which prompted outrage and protests in the region for a significant period afterwards, had been with the Grand Jury for a considerable amount of time,  and was only presented after a […]
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How the Police and Politicians Can Regain the Public Trust.

A few months ago, I asked what we should do about law enforcement officials that broke the law in a piece called “Is it time to police the police?”. It’s taken me some time, but now I’ve compiled the responses and got some suggestions to float to the global hive-mind that peruses FoI (and my […]
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Is it Time to Police the Police?

Every week, somewhere in the US, there’s a story of some kind of police activity that leads people scratching their head, or saying ‘That isn’t right’. It’s an issue that’s been around as long as police officers have and has become a cliche, accepted without question. The problem is that it’s a problem that’s only […]
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EFForums Video – US Customs Searches at Borders

As some of you may know, I’ve done some stuff with the EFForums track at Dragon*con over the past few years. I’ve given talks there on ISP’s and 3-strikes (2010) and Bittorrent (Happy 10th Birthday Bittorrent, 2011) and last year I presided over sound engineering and recording. As some of you may know, I’ve done […]
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The Consequence of No Consequences

As the smoke clears after riots in several cities in the UK, including my own home city of Liverpool, the underlying question has to be asked ‘why did this happen?’ While some will pass it off as ‘they just want to rob’, that overlooks the question of WHY. As the smoke clears after riots in […]
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