How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells
- The company’s social media app, where users can share the surveillance their devices record, has been shown to exacerbate racial stereotypes and profiling.
- Acquired by Amazon for $839 million last year, the company sells wifi-enabled products that integrate with its social media app called Neighbors, where users can post videos of suspicious activity and crimes outside their front doors, as well as view posts from other people within a 5-mile radius.
- People without Ring devices can also use the app, where they can anonymously read or post — using video or not — about crime, safety, suspicious activity, and lost pets within 5 miles of their home.
- Amazon has also developed it own facial recognition tech, called Rekognition, which the company sells to law enforcement agencies — leading some activists to speculate that the tech may be introduced into Ring surveillance cameras.
A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York
- A car plowed through the front doors of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York, Tuesday night.
- Reports of the incident began appearing shortly after 9 p.m. ET.
- CBS News' Tony Aiello tweeted videos of the scene, reporting that there were several injuries but none are life-threatening.
- A male driver stepped out of the car and sat on the sofa in the main hall, Aiello tweeted.
- The New Rochelle Police Department did not have any further comment.
- A representative from the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Business Insider's email for comment.
- President Donald Trump is currently in California hosting a series of fundraisers in the state.
- This story is developing.
- We will update as more details become available.
Survey: Nearly all airline customer service agents report harassment on the job
- Washington (CNN) - Nearly all airline customer service agents recently surveyed by the government reported being verbally harassed by passengers and about 1 in 10 said passengers attempted to assault them in the last year.
- The Government Accountability Office findings, published Tuesday, are from surveys earlier this year of more than 100 agents who find themselves on the front lines of dealing with agitated passengers at major hub airports.
- The agents surveyed include those who work at check-in counters, as well as those who check boarding passes at the plane's gate and operate the luggage office.
- Some airport police departments contacted by GAO said statistics specific to customer service agents could only be calculated through manually reviewing police reports.
- GAO did not publish formal recommendations, but said some experts believed more law enforcement resources or additional employee training would be beneficial.
A father was arrested when his 11-year-old son was killed after falling from a boat in California
- Burillo, 57, of Belvedere was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter during the operation of a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child, and reckless or negligent operation of a vessel, the Tiburon Police Department said.
- Burillo and his family were on a boat traveling from San Francisco to the Corinthian Yacht Club in the suburb of Tiburon when his sons fell overboard into the bay, police said.
- Burillo had been driving the boat, police said.
- Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin told CNN affiliate KGO the boat "apparently hit a wave or a sudden gust of wind" right before Burillo's sons fell.
- Burillo was able to pull his sons back aboard and took them to the Corinthian Yacht Club.
- When paramedics arrived to help them, they found the boy dead and treated Burillo's older son for cuts on his leg, police said.
A 28-year-old Pirates pitcher has been arrested on charges of child pornography and solicitation of a child
- Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was arrested on Tuesday on one count of computer pornography —solicitation of a child, and one count of providing obscene materials to a minor, according to a release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
- Vazquez, 28, was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from Pennsylvania State Police.
- According to the release, police obtained information that Vazquez allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl in Lee County, Florida.
- Vazquez allegedly told the girl, who is now 15, that they would meet up for sex when his baseball season was over.
- Vazquez is also accused of sending a video of him performing a sex act to the girl.
- According to reports, police seized several electronic devices from Vazquez's home, and there may be more charges to come.
- Vazquez was 5-1 this season with the Pirates.
Facebook is teaming up with the London Police to stop live streams of terror attacks
- London police and Facebook said on Tuesday they plan to share resources to stop the live streaming of terrorist attacks like that in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this year.
- The Metropolitan Police will share video of its firearms officers training with Facebook to help the company develop technology to identify the live streaming of an attack on its platform.
- Social media companies are under increasing pressure to act after a gunman killed 51 people in the New Zealand attack and live-streamed it on Facebook.
- The police said the footage would be captured on body cameras attached to firearms officers as they carried out their regular training and then shared with Facebook.
- Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer Neil Basu said Facebook was trying to create technology that could help identify firearms attacks in their early stages and potentially help police across the world in responding.
Man Who Hired Deadly Swatting Gets 15 Months
- An Ohio teen who recruited a convicted serial “swatter “to fake a distress call that ended in the police shooting an innocent Kansas man in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
- Chat transcripts presented by prosecutors showed Viner and Barriss both saying if Gaskill isn’t scared of getting swatted, he should give up his home address.
- Seconds later, 28-year-old Andrew Finch exited his mom’s home and was killed by a single shot from a Wichita police officer.
- Prosecutors for the county that encompasses Wichita decided in April 2018 that the officer who fired the shot that killed Andrew Finch would not face charges, and would not be named because he wasn’t being charged with a crime.
- Another article: https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article208738719.html says that the officer shot when Finch appeared to pull up his pants, when he was told to raise both hands up.
Venice fines tourists for nude swim in canal
- But the carabinieri on boat patrol in Venice soon found that rather than people in trouble, the men in the water were tourists who'd stripped off and jumped in a canal for a swim.
- Two Czech tourists were fined around €3,000 ($3,320) each for "obscene acts" when they were caught skinny-dipping in the canal near Piazza San Marco on Monday night.
- The men -- both hardcore soccer fans in Italy for today's Slavia Prague match against Inter Milan -- were caught by police on a routine patrol of the area, the most visited part of Venice.
- The police found themselves "on a movie set," said a statement released by the carabinieri to CNN.
- Venice has been recently introducing measures to curb tourist bad behavior and restrict the huge crowds of visitors who descend on the city during peak season.
A 40-year-old Chicago police officer has killed himself. It's the 4th suicide this year on the city's force
- Chicago (CNN) - A 17-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department apparently took his own life Monday night, becoming the force's fourth officer this year to die by suicide, police said.
- The name of the 40-year-old officer, who was assigned to Chicago's north side as aide to District Commander Michelle Rubino, was to be released by the medical examiner later Tuesday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.
- The department, which has one of the highest rates of police officer suicide in the nation, last year launched a communications campaigned entitled, "You Are Not Alone CPD," Guglielmi said in the statement.
- Police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, according to a 2018 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a Boston-based nonprofit that advocates for social justice.
Browns defensive end Chris Smith played a week after his girlfriend was killed in a car accident
- The Browns blew out the Jets 23-3, and Smith had one pass defended.
- Smith and Petara Cordero were driving Wednesday on I-90 West in Cleveland when a tire on his Lamborghini blew out.
- Cordero got out of the car and was standing on the shoulder when she was struck by a car.
- Cordero was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
- According to police, the driver of the other car admitted to drinking but a toxicology report has not been completed.
- Smith was not impaired, and the incident is under investigation, police said.
- Cordero gave birth last month to their daughter, Haven Harris Smith.