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Eugene police chief pledges ‘reaffirmation to police reform,’ addresses use of surveillance drone, riot control measures after week of protests began with rioting, looting

eugene police chief pledges ‘reaffirmation to police reform,’ addresses use of surveillance drone, riot control measures after week of protests began with rioting, looting

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EUGENE — In pledging a “very deep reaffirmation to police reform” in his department, Eugene’s police chief acknowledged his department’s use of a drone for surveillance of protestors during the course of the last week, that there is an investigation into the use of riot control measures against a local journalist last Sunday and announced the prohibition of the “carotid restraint” unless lethal force is justified.Eugene police chief Chris Skinner addressed the department’s tactics and use of various measures of crowd control after a week of mostly peaceful protests in the city, which began with violent rioting and looting May 29 and led to city-wide curfews May 30, 31 and June 1.Each curfew earlier this week began with areas of downtown Eugene and later expanded city-wide, with Sunday’s curfew drawing considerable ire from residents due to its announcement coming at 11:06 p.m. despite its implementation as of 11 p.m.“I think we can lead from the front when it comes to police reform,” Skinner said Friday morning. “Where we’ve made mistakes, where we can have improvement, we think about where we have systems in place that are not contemporary or flat-out wrong.”Skinner said calls to divest or …

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Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run on E. Bearss Ave.

driver sought in fatal hit-and-run on e. bearss ave.

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Driver takes off after hitting pedestrian Surveillance video shows the moments leading up to a crash that killed a pedestrian in Tampa Thursday night. Viewer discretion is advised.TAMPA, Fla. – Deputies are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian on Bearss Avenue Thursday and then took off. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital where he later died. Deputies were called to the scene, at the intersection of E Bearss Ave. and N 22nd Street, just before 10 p.m.Two surveillance cameras captured the crash.One shows the man walking north across Bearss Ave. The headlights of a westbound vehicle are visible about a block away. The second shows the pedestrian being hit and thrown several feet, to the side of the roadway. Advertisement The vehicle does not appear to slow down as it approaches the man. After the collision, the gray or silver vehicle continues west on Bearss Ave. without stopping.Detectives hope anyone who witnessed the crash or was in the area at the time of the crash to call 813-247-8200.The pedestrian was not being identified publicly, pending the notification of his family.

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Surveillance video shows driver take off after hitting pedestrian on Bearss Ave.

surveillance video shows driver take off after hitting pedestrian on bearss ave.

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Driver takes off after hitting pedestrian Surveillance video shows the moments leading up to a crash that killed a pedestrian in Tampa Thursday night. Viewer discretion is advised.TAMPA, Fla. – Deputies are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian on Bearss Avenue Thursday and then took off. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital where he later died. Deputies were called to the scene, at the intersection of E Bearss Ave. and N 22nd Street, just before 10 p.m.Two surveillance cameras captured the crash.One shows the man walking north across Bearss Ave. The headlights of a westbound vehicle are visible about a block away. The second shows the pedestrian being hit and thrown several feet, to the side of the roadway. Advertisement The vehicle does not appear to slow down as it approaches the man. After the collision, the gray or silver vehicle continues west on Bearss Ave. without stopping.Detectives hope anyone who witnessed the crash or was in the area at the time of the crash to call 813-247-8200.The pedestrian was not being identified publicly, pending the notification of his family.

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Few answers on who asked feds to circle a Predator surveillance drone over Minneapolis protests

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It’s still unclear which government agency asked federal agents to circle a Predator surveillance drone 20,000 feet above Minneapolis last week during widespread protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection, which flew the drone over the Twin Cities in the late morning and early afternoon of May 29, declined to answer questions about the operation, saying only in a statement that the aircraft was sent “at the request of our federal law enforcement partners in Minneapolis.”

Exactly who asked for the drone is important because Gov. Tim Walz signed a law in April that prohibits law enforcement agencies from using drones and certain advanced technologies such as facial recognition cameras or other mass data collection tools without a warrant. That state law doesn’t apply to federal agencies, said state Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, who co-authored the legislation.

One of the loopholes in the law, Lesch said, is that it can be difficult to verify if the request for drone support actually originated with a federal agency or with local law enforcement.

“I really want to know to what extent the feds are cooperating with local agencies,” he said. “I want …

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Genomic surveillance of antibiotic resistance in the Philippines established

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Staphylococcus aureus – Antibiotics Test plate. Credit: CDC

Antibiotic resistance surveillance in the Philippines has moved into the genomic era, enabling better tracking of dangerous bacteria. Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS housed at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and The Big Data Institute (BDI), University of Oxford), and the Philippine Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), set up local DNA sequencing and analysis of drug resistant bacteria in the Philippines. This genomic capacity has enhanced ongoing national infection control including tracking the spread of resistance to last-line antibiotics and identifying drug resistant infections in a hospital baby unit, helping control the outbreak.
Reported in Nature Communications this week, this study shows the power of local genomic sequencing within national surveillance networks in low- and middle-income countries, and could be extended to other locations to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health problem, with resistance to common antibiotics found in all regions of the world. This means it can be extremely difficult to treat some bacterial diseases such as MRSA, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea, and raises risks of any surgery.
Surveillance of AMR is critical to understand and try to halt its …

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Watch: Surveillance video shows ‘persons of interest’ wanted in connection with Ret. Capt. David Dorn’s murder

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police have released surveillance video showing “persons of interest” in the murder of Retired Police Captain David Dorn.Officials with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) said Dorn, 77, was shot in the torso around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Police said he was shot by people looting Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry shop during a night of vandalism and destruction across St. Louis.”The fact that he was protecting and serving, this is the way, I feel in my heart of hearts that he would have liked to leave this earth,” said Dorn’s son, Brian Powell. 

[READ: Retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn ‘murdered by a looter’ outside pawn shop]
Friday morning, police released surveillance video showing multiple subjects wanted in connection with Dorn’s murder.In his retirement, Dorn often checked on the store owned by his friend.”It was senseless, it was senseless. Over TVs and stuff that’s replaceable,” Powell said. “They’re forgetting the real message of the protest and the positiveness that’s supposed to come out of it. And we get this negative light shown on a situation that really needs light to be brought to …

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Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

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When students return to school in New Albany, Ohio, in August, they’ll be carefully watched as they wander through red-brick buildings and across well-kept lawns—and not only by teachers. The school district, with five schools and 4,800 students, plans to test a system that would require each student to wear an electronic beacon to track their location to within a few feet throughout the day. It will record where students sit in each classroom, show who they meet and talk to, and reveal how they gather in groups. The hope is such technology could prevent or minimize an outbreak of Covid-19, the deadly respiratory disease at the center of a global pandemic.Read all of our coronavirus coverage here.Schools and colleges face an incredible challenge come the fall. Across the world, teachers, administrators, and parents are wrestling with how to welcome pupils back into normally bustling classrooms, dining rooms, and dorms, while the threat of the coronavirus remains ever-present.Many plan to proceed gradually and carefully, while keeping kids spread out as much as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for reopening schools recommend staggered schedules that allow for smaller classes, opening windows to …

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Surveillance video shows tow truck running red light, causing multi-vehicle crash in South LA

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LOS ANGELES – Two LAPD officers were hospitalized this morning, one in serious-to-critical condition and the other in stable condition, with injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle crash in South Los Angeles.  Surveillance video now shows that a tow truck apparently ran a red light causing the collision.  Newton Division officers were responding to a backup call about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday when the tow truck driver ran the light at the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Main Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.RELATED: 2 LAPD officers suffer major injuries after horrific four-vehicle crash in South Los AngelesVideo from the scene shows the LAPD SUV smashing against the rear passenger side of the tow truck, two other vehicles were also involved in the crash. Officers tried to pry the driver’s side door of the police vehicle open until the arrival of Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, who used the Jaws of Life to free the officer behind the wheel of the police vehicle who was trapped in the wreckage. Advertisement The officer was placed on a gurney and rushed to a waiting ambulance in serious-to-critical condition, police said. The other officer was hospitalized in stable condition. …

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Sundance surveillance leads to charges for rioter

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The day’s work was cleaning up. At Sundance Grill and Bar in downtown Grand Rapids, windows needed replacing, frames needed repairing, floors needed sweeping and moping and shelves needed restocking. “Just destruction,” said District Manager Trudy Billows. “A lot of chair throwing and just taking every shelf that was in the kitchen and knocking it over.”Saturday’s unrest left downtown businesses already reeling from covid-19 in even worse shape – this time not only financially, but physically. But Sundance had surveillance cameras – a few of them. They were rolling when vandals and rioters came smashing through the window, taking alcohol from behind the bar and damaging supplies and computers the instant they got inside.One suspect is still on the run but has been identified by police. They tell us she’s Olivia Hull, who is not from Grand Rapids, but can be seen on surveillance camera video smashing the windows at Sundance late Saturday. More video shows her jump the bar, knock over a computer, steal alcohol from the bar, and leave with her arms full of bottles. Still images taken outside show her smashing more windows with what looks like a metal pipe.The 24 …

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