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In Racine WI you are being watched..

From Channel 6

RACINE (WITI) — Should police be able to monitor what you post on your social media accounts? The Racine Police Department is looking to get a new tool — and it has at least one organization concerned.

Racine’s police chief has asked that the Common Council waive bidding requirements and use federal funds to purchase a service called “SnapTrends.”

The “SnapTrends” website describes the service as real-time location-based social listening. Social media activity is analyzed — to include Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos and YouTube videos.

The Racine Police Department is looking to add this service to its arsenal — in an effort to hone in on crime in the city.

“Really the only crooks they`re going to catch with this are going to be the ones that are so stupid that they`re bragging about, you know, what they`re doing on Facebook,” Chris Ahmuty, the executive director of ACLU Wisconsin.

Ahmuty says a social listening tool raises several issues. He says the Racine Police Department’s use of such a tool can invade privacy.

“To see what people are posting on Facebook, what they`re posting on Twitter — it turns everybody into a suspect whether they`re up to no good or perfectly harmless,” Ahmuty said.

Alderman Henry Perez says he supports SnapTrends as a policing tool — saying it could be a good tool to provide intelligence while using open source information.

Ahmuty says he wishes city leaders would be more open about how they plan to use the technology, and where.

“They say that they`ll be able to zero in on areas where there is crime. If they`re zeroing in on areas of Racine, the ACLU would be very troubled if that means that they`re going to concentrate this police tool in poor neighborhoods — in neighborhoods that are mostly people of color,” Ahmuty said.

Alderman Perez says it’s important police don’t share too much information on how they might use this tool — saying getting too descriptive might help some people catch on, making the tool less effective.

A spokeswoman with the Racine Police Department says they don’t provide specifics regarding investigative tools, tactics and strategies — including SnapTrends, because they don’t want to compromise future investigations

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This program been going on for about 0ne year in this time at least one person has been arrested from a post that person made on Facebook.

I know that a search on You Tube “Racine” will bring up a lot of videos of what to be looks like crimes but to my understanding no one was been arrested for this.

From the above we know the RPD will not say if/when they have use SnapTrends to solve a crime.

One would think the RPD would so we know with more and more in Racine is saying crime is going up (why is the JT not talking about what my neighbors are?) but it is what it is.

Could SnapTrends be used to find folks in Racine who might be working on efforts to find candidates to run for Mayor, Alderman, County Board, who might not pro John Dickert plans for Racine?

To find the Blogs who like this one asks questions bringing out facts that Mayor Dickert NOT want the public to know?

Do we need out Tweets our Facebook postings to be observed to insure public safety?

Or might it be to ID who @Reporterwayne is on Twitter find who all the readers of Racine Exposed might be?

Now with the NSA reading our Emails hearing our Phone Calls using Big Data to watch and perhaps control us, why not the City of Racine, after all its for the kids

Duty to resist Editoral

Note I am fully aware of the Racine’s Police Department ability and desire to spy on members of the public on the orders and I feel strongly for the benefit of the Mayor of Racine John Dickert.

When I was in the Army we had each year classes on War Crimes and over and over we were told that if  followed an Illegal order to say kill someone loot pillage or allow others to do so without telling someone you could and would be held to be just as guilty as the person (s) giving or carrying out the order

This not only from events of WW II but Vietnam you may recall

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Now we have in Racine as many see things a corrupt local government lead by this man

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Sorry

 

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Mayor John Dickert.

 

and as we know from this story http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/racine-considers-plan-to-allow-police-to-monitor-social-media-b99343504z1-273671521.html

that the RPD will be watching us… Why Who? We do know that from time to time dumb thugs will post insane things on say Facebook that at times dumb thugs will post BS on Twitter but to the point where the RPD must keep tabs on everyone?  Or might it be nothing more then a way to Mayor John Dicket monitor those on his list of political foes?  Perhaps a  way to monitor my actions in investigating this as I say Corrupt Mayor of a sad sad town?

I am shocked and disappointed that our Police Chief has not come out in Public on the planned use of this program, I am told that the Chief has talked to members of the Faith Community on issues he sees in Racine, I do hope on of them is issues of corruption and what his thoughts are on the Police and Fire Commission and they way he was treated by them.

Be so sad to see Our Chef just be

 

 

Real leadership means standing up to power.

 

See if The Civil RICO turns into say an FBI investigation no one in any office  will be safe from an investigation

 

We all must stand up to the actions of our Mayor John Dickert and his pals

 

Van Wangard & Mayor Dickert

A vote for them is a vote to reward pals to insure Racine stays #1 in Unemployment spend Millions on the Downtown as we see Racine Police effectively laid off, See Bus service cut for the poor who need it most and Gentrification take place in the Uptown

 

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After all Minorities and elderly need city services and cant

 

Haul-Bloggers-the-anti-social-mediaThere are things we can and should that in an upcoming post

Racine Police Dept/ Neighborhood Watch My .02

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Let me be blunt:

I think the the Racine Police Deportment does a great job  for a city this size, living in the Slums as I do I see with my own eyes the BS they have to put up with deal with every day day in day out. I could not do that job. So much babysitting so little time.

We in the 6th st area are lucky for we have a COP house and over time the officers there time and again go above the call of duty to serve  an area of Racine that costs far more to police take care of then what it is worth with perhaps Downtown Racine and the Millions pumped in to keep it afloat so the perception can be maintained that it is hip and happening, but I go off topic, sorry.

For the past few months been an act of God to contact the 6th st officer. The last time I was able to do so (We did talk by phone yesterday and that it’sself is a story) I had to find him at a Racine in Bloom event

It has come to my attention and has been confirmed by  a member of the RPD that they are 10 officers below TO&E  This may not include the number projected to leave RPD with retirements etc. What??? What??????  WHAT!!!!!????!!!!

Yes My source tells me we are 10 under and our Mayor has no plans on filling the openings Unless he gets his Pal Obama to fund them.  Should we hold our breath??

Why might Dickert be doing that? Easy I think Saves $$$ Saves lots of $$ if an Ave Officer makes say 70K a Year and Our Hero keeps them open a year he has saved 700,000 THats a lot of money, A lot of money when the City you run has no money and more so when every penny may be needed to fund Root Works or help pay for the RICO action and other court cases the City is dealing with.  Has Lt Days Filed his suit yet?

a 10 officer layoff has just taken place. How long before we see that impact us here? Has the cold weather stopped the Summer fun times of Shootings and Parties from going on? Is that the new idea of crime control hoping for Cold weather?

Be interesting to see if/when the overtime costs starts to eat into the savings of the well I call it as I see it the Lay off?

Is just a test run for a cutting of the police force by say 10% Maybe 20% after all we have no crime in Racine right?

Just in case you forgot Heroin is so bad in Racine that our Drinking and Driving DA held a summit on this subject talking about the impact that this drug has on this part of the State We also need to recall that we had a sweep for Human Trafficking and the FBI is working with both State and Local LEO’s to fight Heroin too.

Should not the City’s number one Goal be the safety of the Neighborhoods?   How long before say you do not or can not get a police offer to help in your area because well there is not enough and the ones they have have to cover say an event for the rich and white of Downtown Racine?

How long before Crack dealers set shop up on more corners knowing that the RPD is far too busy to deal with them? Is it going on now?

 

Neighborhood Watch

Numbers from https://citizenaudit.org/391469239/

 

I can’t find I will be asking to see the last Year copy of the 990 this group is required to file I have questions on how much current staff is being paid.

I also have questions about what they do anymore.

At one time when Mary M was working there I and others inter acted with her when it came to resolving neighborhood issues  such happened time to time in any neighborhood, Ms. M went above the call of duty dealing with a few over the top Landlords who did not quite understand how the actions of their Tenets   impacted the Neighborhood.

Mary also as I saw it, treated everyone the same and made one to feel welcome at the Watch meetings.

I quit going to watch meetings when out of the 8 in the room 4 where from City Goverment and the other 4  said the same thing month after month after …..

Well interesting Called Neighborhood Watch for help with a neighborhood issue where a landlord may need to be contacted to find out from Melissa Kaprelian-Becker I am sorry Alderman Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, (Interesting did she as Alderman vote on a budget that she benefited from as an paid staff member? That is why 990’s become interesting documents) That Neighborhood Watch no longer does this……. WHAT?? and that I should call the police WHAT????   Sure be happy to call the under staffed Racine Police Department  to handle an issue that under Mary (who I and others in the City I have talked to miss more and more) would have fixed by sending a form letter.

I am sure that the understaffed RPD can not wait to deal with more Babysitting issues from the inner City.

So other then Racine In Bloom what the fuck does Neighborhood Watch do in Racine and if this is all they do how do we kill it’s funding?

So I have a Call into the chief about staffing and depending on how that goes maybe sending in open records on staffing assignments

Will be asking to see Neighborhood Watch  990 and Racine In Bloom 990 as well. Kinda of interested in what I will find

UPDATE 7/24/14

 

Talked to the Chief who first tried to put a spin on the lay offs (what else can you call it) mind you he has to real choice, The Mayor makes those choices not the Chief.

The Chief did also say that one of two Officers who call about the Neighborhood issues I brought up to the Chief in the call I gave the best times to find me at home, my phone works maybe the  ones at the RPD do not.

We all need to be active in this year’s budget or we will lose far more then the 10 the Mayor Dickert has laid off.

After all Racine has no crime issue right?