By John Vibes
The limitless possibilities of new technology are allowing people to fight back against police abuse like never before. Not only can people record occurrences of police brutality, but there are also dozens of apps that are designed to help you stay a few steps ahead of “the man”.
Out of the many helpful apps that can be found on Cop Block’s apps page, a GPS app called “Waze” is one of the most helpful for pinpointing the location of police and reporting police sightings to other drivers. When someone sees a police car or a speed trap somewhere along their route, they can make a report alerting other drivers in the area about the police activity.
There is even an option that allows you to type in a message that gives a better description of where the police are and what they are doing. This option also allows activists to send out witty messages to their fellow travelers, such as, “warning: state mercenaries extorting civilians near exit 7”.
There are a few different GPS apps out there that have similar features, but Waze has the most users, making the reporting more frequent and accurate. Waze also awards points to people who make regular reports, encouraging everyone to stay active and warn other drivers of danger when they can.
Download Waze today by searching “Waze” on the app finder in your phone, or try visiting www.waze.com
Cops ask Google to remove police tracking from app
A law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs’ organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers’ lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets.
The National Sheriffs’ Association, which had focused its complaints about Waze on police safety after the fatal shootings of two New York City police officers in December, expanded its campaign in a new statement criticizing Google’s software as hampering the use of speed traps.
The trade association said radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques have reduced highways deaths.
“This app will hamper those activities by locating law enforcement officers and puts the public at risk,” the group said.
In the Waze app, which operates like a free GPS navigation tool, users can tag the locations of parked police vehicles, accidents, congestion, traffic cameras, potholes and more, so that other drivers using Waze are warned as they approach the same location.
How to Detect Police Vehicles/Personnel
Although many undercover officers and informants come equipped with transmitting or recording devices, this type of electronic equipment is miniaturized. A police agent who’s “wearing a wire” is unlikely to be uncovered by a mere pat down. The equipment can easily be hidden in hard articles of clothing, such as belt buckles, boots, etc.
It is possible to detect, track and locate police officers (hidden or otherwise) by using their own radios and mobile data terminals (MDT) as locater beacons.
As an example, say the input frequencies to a particular Motorola 800 MHz trunked radio system used by your local corrupt police department is 811.2125, 811.7375, 812.2125, 813.2125, 814.2125 and 815.2125 MHz, with the MDT input frequency at 815.7375 MHz (all data is taken from public FCC records).
Police vehicles equipped with Mobile Data Terminals are always broadcasting on the MDT repeater input frequency. This is because they need to send acknowledgements (ACKs) when they receive data. By monitoring the MDT repeater input frequency, you can be alerted to the presence of a hidden or approaching police vehicle. The closer they are, the stronger the signal will be.
If you ever hear encrypted voice transmissions (a static burst followed by a beep) on the repeater input frequencies – RUN!
Law enforcement agents can, as part of their job, lie and engage in criminal activity. It seems unreal that the police don’t have to live up to the same standards that they’re enforcing. However, a great deal of police investigation operates on the basis that the end justifies the means—a flawed rationale, particularly in the context of maintaining a just legal system.
An undercover officer can legally initiate crime. That is, the narc can be the person pushing the drugs, or actively seeking a source for buying them. (“Hey man, you know where I can get some good weed? Can you hook me up?”)
“Entrapment” is one of those words that has a much narrower definition in a court of law than in common speech. To argue at trial that a criminal defendant was entrapped into committing a crime, the defense attorney has to get permission from the judge in advance.
Has to show that the defendant (1) had no inclination or tendency to commit the crime, and (2) that the law enforcement agent(s) exerted considerable psychological pressure to get the defendant to break the law. Unfortunately, when the defendant has prior convictions or even arrests, the prosecutor often successfully argues that the defendant has demonstrated criminal tendencies. Moreover, it’s hard to show that the defendant was urged so intensely that he eventually caved in and agreed to commit the crime.
Entrapment Example 1: Postal inspectors, pretending to be a variety of different sellers of pornography, spent over two years persuading a man to send away for obscene photos. The court ruled that this was entrapment.
Entrapment Example 2: An informant in a drug treatment program, after much pleading and insistence that he was truly suffering because the treatment wasn’t working for him, eventually convinced a fellow patient to get drugs for him. The court ruled that this was entrapment.
Law enforcement agencies often use informants. Some informants work for money, but most are people who’ve been caught engaging in criminal activity. The vast majority of snitch deals are made by the police, who refrain from charging a suspect they’ve caught, in return for information or undercover work (typically, buying or selling drugs).
A very productive snitch will be protected by law enforcement, to maintain him as a source of future information. An inept snitch may not be so lucky.
BUSTED- TAKE IT TO THE GRAVE
If the police are talking to you, it’s because they suspect you have committed a crime. If they have detained you, it’s because they already have enough evidence to arrest you and they want to see if you will admit it and thus, give them an even stronger case against you.
If they have evidence to arrest you for a crime, they will. If they don’t, they won’t. It’s as simple as that. Talking to them or not talking to them won’t make a difference! No one has ever “talked his way out of” an arrest. If the police have enough evidence to arrest, they will.
Talking to the police cannot help you. It cannot prevent you from getting arrested. It can only hurt.
If you confess to the police, you get nothing in return. Zero. In fact, you probably get a harsher prosecution because the state’s case is now airtight, now that you have confessed.
If you want to rat on yourself, remember this: There is plenty of time to confess and admit guilt at a later stage of the proceedings. What’s the rush? Get a lawyer first. Let the lawyer set up a deal whereby you get something in exchange for accepting responsibility for the offense. A better plea bargain, or maybe even immunity.
Number One thing to remember: The police do not have authority to make deals, grant immunity, or negotiate plea agreements. The only entity with that authority is the District Attorney in state court and the U.S. Attorney in federal court. Despite their claim that they are trying to help you, the only help police are providing when they take your statement is giving you rope with which to hang yourself.