Category Archives: Cybertraps for Law Enforcement

A Thousand Things to Talk about … and Then Some!

Since my birthday earlier this year, I have been using the Tablepress plugin to compile some of the more interesting articles that I have uncovered during the course of my research. Not long ago, the number of entries crossed a significant milestone: 1,000 news stories and press releases chronicling educator misdeeds, digital risks for youngsters…

To Serve & Inspect: Digital Challenges for School Resource Officers [Lecture]

2015-09-17 To Serve & Inspect: Digital Challenges for School Resource Officers from Frederick Lane A presentation delivered to an audience of school resource officers, administrators, and counselors at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas, on September 17, 2015. If you are interested in discussing a presentation for professional development or continuing education for…

Social Media and Emerging Applications: Investigative Potential and Legal Issues [Lecture]

2015-09-16 Social Media and Emerging Applications: Investigative Potential and Legal Issues from Frederick Lane The Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas, invited me to design and present a one-day continuing education course for Arkansas law enforcement officers. The course was certified for 7 hours of CLE credit by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement…

Dash Cam Exposes NJ Officer’s Stop-and-Flash Behavior

This case does not involve a cybertrap per se, but it does help to illustrate two related topics: 1) the ongoing profound impact that video is having on both policing and the policing of the police; and 2) as always, the perils of attempted cover-ups. (Actually, this is a case in which a cover-up would…

[Updated] East Cleveland Police Officer Scorched by Former Boss over Facebook Post

During the civil unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 34-Maryland Transportation Authority Police posted a photo of a memorandum it received from the Baltimore Police Department warning of possible targeting of police officers by various gangs: Baltimore, Md., April 27, 2015 — The Baltimore Police Department…

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Embroiled in Dogg Fight

Me n my deputy dogg 🔫🌟✨ A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Mar 20, 2015 at 11:03am PDT An pretty innocuous photo taken at this year’s South by Southwest music festival has landed a state trooper in hot water. Pictured above is Trooper Billy Spears, who posed for a photo with rapper Snoop Dogg…

Racist Facebook Post Sparks Investigation of Greenburgh, NY Officer

A 28-year veteran of the Greenburgh (NY) police department was suspended without pay and relieved of duty earlier this week for posting an apparently racist image to Facebook. Greenburgh Police Chief Christopher McNerney told The Journal News that last week, members of the police force showed him a copy of the image posted by Officer…

Should Police Use Social Media to Shame Suspects?

Samir Chopra, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, posed an interesting question on Facebook this morning: [fb_embed_post href=”https://www.facebook.com/samir.chopra.7737/posts/10100282856185893/” width=”550″ /]   The consensus of the comments is that since arrest records are public, there is nothing that prevents police departments from posting them to…