The Fight To Ban Facial Recognition Technology In Connection With Body Cams

Facial recognition technology has been around since the 1960s, and it is the current focus of California Assembly Member Phil Ting’s proposed assembly bill – The Body Camera Accountability Act (AB 1215). AB 1215, if enacted, would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using facial recognition technology in connection with a body camera. While civil rights…

Inmate Safety Concerns Put Constitutional Rights to Bed

On January 11, 2019, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the case of Olivier v. Baca, finding that former Sheriff Lee Baca did not violate an inmate’s civil rights when he was detained for three days without a bed due to exigent circumstances. Factual Background Maurice P. Olivier was arrested in July 2006 for burglary. Following his…

Is Your Anti-Camping Ordinance Legal?

In 2017, California had approximately 134,278 homeless individuals and 68.2% of this population was unsheltered. In response to the influx of individuals sleeping on public property, many cities created ordinances prohibiting people from camping in public spaces (anti-camping laws) and these ordinances allowed law enforcement to issue citations to homeless people for sleeping on public…