[FoRK] looking for a secure dumbphone

Bill Kearney wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Sun Jun 2 19:47:23 PDT 2013


All this assumes a much larger police force and budget than anyone rightly 

It's tragic this poor guy died but the fault lies solely with the operator 
of the vehicle that caused it.

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Aye.  There is no excuse.  Police have radios, cameras, etc.  They could 
easily develop or have developed various tracking
methods. Call ahead to other officers.  Temporarily freeze all traffic 
lights and close gates, tunnels, and bridges in the path
of travel.  Fire a goo-soaked GPS/celluar tracker to stick to a car. 
Activate a helicopter / building / UAV camera-based
tracker.  (You could make use of Shot Tracker, which is already in place in 
much of the Bay Area, to launch a UAV to an
intersection.  Fire two blanks precisely a certain time apart to signal 
'come track'.  Vary the time to avoid spoofing.)  Or
just wait for their next chance to resolve things peacefully.

Creating a pair of deadly missiles through densely populated areas A) is 
lazy, lame, and stupid, B) shows they don't respect the
traffic laws they otherwise are aggressive about ticketing others for, and 
C) is major abuse of public trust.  A pair of out of
control vehicles could easily kill 50+ people in seconds in a city. Either 
change the policies and laws now or do it after you
kill the 8th grade class visiting from Peoria.

If you're chasing the Boston Marathon bomber or other would-be mass murder, 
go for it; the trade off is worth it.  Chasing
someone for speeding, drugs, alcohol, or even robbing without actual 
violence, then, unless you're talking an open highway
chase, the cop should be charged with a crime or otherwise reprimanded in 
many cases.  Even if the cop feels they can operate
the vehicle safely enough, they should assume someone stupid enough to 
commit a crime is unlikely to be as competent.

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