In this week’s TheNewspaper.com Roundup!
–NJ upholds Right to Cop Dashcam Video–
–Iowa refunds speed cam tickets–
–CA weighs in on ALPR data–
Friday, September 8, 2017
New Jersey Appellate Court Upholds Public Right To Cop Dashcam Video
New Jersey residents have a right to see the videos recorded by police dashboard cameras under a state appellate court ruling handed down last week. The case was filed by Rabbi Shabsi Ganzweig, a resident of Lakewood and a volunteer chaplain at a police department in another community, who tried to get his hands on a video that would shed light on whether Lakewood Officer Jeremy Felder was being unfairly charged with misconduct. Felder found himself in hot water after falsifying a police report about an August 31, 2013 traffic stop.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Iowa Judge Orders Refunds For Illegally Issued Speed Camera Hearings
Iowa motorists who were forced to pay speed camera tickets after going through an illegal administrative hearing process will now get their money back. Polk County District Court Judge Lawrence P. McLellan on Tuesday ruled that the city of Des Moines violated its own ordinance when it set up an inadequate process for contesting tickets.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
California Supremes Weigh In On License Plate Readers
California police agencies may no longer hide the extent of information they have been collecting from motorists with automated license plate readers (ALPR, also known as ANPR in Europe). The devices are widely used by law enforcement throughout the state, but there has been little public discussion or oversight regarding the privacy impact. In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit to force the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to hand over a representative sample of the records it has been collecting.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Two French Speed Cameras Burned, Painted
In Arbois, France, vigilantes destroyed the speed camera on the RN83 near Besancon on August 28, L’Est Republicain reported. Around the same time, the automated ticketing machine on the D928 in Renty was covered in bright orange spraypaint, according to La Voix du Nord.