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Regional News • Europe • Germany
Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
Motive unclear - car rams into entrance gate of the German Chancellery
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One photo showed that the dark station wagon was standing directly in front of the closed gate in an otherwise cordoned-off area. Written there was "Stop the globalization policy", on the other side "You damned murderers of children and old people". According to the license plate, the car is registered in the district of Lippe in North Rhine-Westphalia. The motive is still unclear.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Canada: Guelph police can unlock and copy iPhone contents even if encrypted but has no usage policy on the device
Canada: Guelph police can unlock and copy iPhone contents even if encrypted but has no usage policy on the device
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According to a request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act filed by the Mercury Tribune, the Guelph Police Service (GPS) has confirmed that a device called GrayKey has been acquired from the Atlanta-based technology company Grayshift.

The device enables low enforcement to unlock and copy data on iPhones. GPS stated in the letter that the GrayKey device "is used only by our technological crimes detectives" but that the agency has no internal policy or procedural documents and that no usage guidelines have been issued.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
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Attila Hildmann has been searched by the police. State protectors searched the flat of the vegan cook, who calls himself "ultra-right" and a conspiracy preacher, in Brandenburg on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that the search had been ordered by the district court of Bernau (Barnim) at the request of the Cottbus public prosecutor's office for the purpose of security. According to the police spokesman, several investigations are underway at the Cottbus public prosecutor's office against Hildmann, including on suspicion of sedition.

Diversity & Inclusion
New Zealand introduces Hijab to the police uniform
New Zealand introduces Hijab to the police uniform
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Zeena Ali has become the first New Zealand police officer to wear a police-issued hijab as part of her official uniform. She had joined the police forces after the Christchurch terror attack and now worked with the police to design a hijab that is both functional for work as a police officer and considerate to her religion.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: Hotel violates Covid-19 measures
Germany: Hotel violates Covid-19 measures
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After a police operation in a Cologne hotel due to fraud, the deployed officers had to find out that the Covid-19 measures had apparently been violated. In addition to the practice of prostitution (prohibited), rooms were probably also rented for tourist purposes (also prohibited). The police called in the public order office and made reports against hotel guests and the operator.

Law
Hessian Police Chief states that no right-wing network in the police could be identified
Hessian Police Chief states that no right-wing network in the police could be identified
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The Hessian police chief Ullmann took office after his predecessor had to resign due to mistakes in dealing with the threatened affair and the right-wing network NSU 2.0.

After 100 days, he commented today that he and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution do not see a proper network in his police department either. Some of the violations are "stupidities" and other suspected cases would be investigated. The investigation is difficult, however.

Law
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
German Police union: Complete monitoring of people at risk is not possible
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As a consequence of the attack in Vienna, the German police union ("Gewerkschaft der Polizei") is demanding that people who pose a risk to society are monitored by federal authorities in the future.

Complete monitoring of potential terrorists is no longer possible due to the lack of personnel at the state level.

Berlin currently counts 88 Islamists, whose surveillance would require 2,640 officials. The land has 190 at its disposal.

Law
German federal police tests tasers
German federal police tests tasers
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As of this week, the German federal police are testing the use of distance electrical pulse devices at three locations in Germany. With 30 devices one promises to be able to calm down situations in which possibly only the use of the firearm and thus the risk of a fatal gunshot wound would exist.

Tests are carried out in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Kaiserslautern.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Survey: Mexican police is the second least trusted in Latin America
Survey: Mexican police is the second least trusted in Latin America
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The results of the Gallup survey show that Mexican security forces continue to be immersed in an image crisis due to corruption and violence.

Of all Latin American countries only in Venezuela the population feels less safe and distrusts the police more. Arturo Alvarado Mendoza, author and doctor of sociology at the Colegio de México, says that the current police force is at the service of the government and that it must "begin to attend to citizens' problems and improve its relationship with the population" in order to change its perception.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
Germany: Investigation against right-wing extremist chat groups at the Berlin police
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In recent weeks and months, various right-wing extremist chat groups by police officers have been uncovered throughout Germany. After Hesse and North-Rhine Westphalia, the first such case became known to the Berlin police at the beginning of October.

As it turns out today, Wednesday, not an isolated case. Once again a WhatsApp group, this time from Berlin police students, became known in which right-wing extremist memes and symbols were also sent to each other. Criminal investigations were initiated against the suspects.

Health
Covid-19 database illegally used by Ontario police, civil rights groups finds

Police forces across Ontario engaged in broad, illegal searches of a now-defunct Covid-19 database, two civil rights groups alleged Wednesday, claiming the use of the portal violated individual privacy rights for months.

Science • Medicine
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
Germany: More than 1,000 police officers fell ill due to Corona
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Police units are apparently exposed to a higher corona risk than other professional groups. According to a query by the "Rheinische Post" at the state interior ministries and the federal police, more than 1,000 officials have probably contracted Corona since March. The state of Bavaria leads the list with 274 registered cases.

The police union suspects the reasons is the lack of precautions.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Germany: Seehofer continues blockade against racism study within the police
Horst Seehofer
Horst Seehofer Credit: Martin Rulsch (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

According to information from SPIEGEL, Horst Seehofer maintains his blockade against an independent racism study within the police. He sees no structural racism problems that should be examined. The German Police University had submitted a project application to the Interior Ministry to investigate "right-wing extremist attitudes and actions", but the three-year project is now on hold.

Not only Seehofer, but the CSU is also opposed to a study recommended by the EU.

Lower Saxony's Minister of the Interior Pistorius now wants to commission a study in cooperation with other federal states.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Facial-recognition technology banned by Boston City Council
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System Credit: teguhjatipras

The City Council in Boston has, in a unanimous vote, banned the usage of facial-recognition technology by the police. Councilor Ricardo Arroyo has stated that "It puts Bostonians at risk for misidentification", which is the reason why the technology has not been in use previous to the ban. The second Councilor, Michelle Wu, who co-authored the order with Arroyo said that "Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology" as a study by the MIT found that facial recognition technology has a racial bias against people with darker skin.

Law
Austria: Trial against former police office for alleged illegal data harvesting
Austria: Trial against former police office for alleged illegal data harvesting
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An Austrian court is currently investigating a potential data scandal. The background is the lawsuit against a former police officer who is said to have carried out more than 90 inquiries from the police network for no official reason.

In court, he defended himself that he only checked security company employees. The judgment is still pending.

Regional News • Europe • France
France: Controversial police chokehold method to be banned
Christophe Castaner, during a meeting with Emmanuel Macron in 2016
Christophe Castaner, during a meeting with Emmanuel Macron in 2016 Credit: clement vaillant / CC0 (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

France's Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner announced the ban of controversial police chokehold method. French police watchdog reported over 1500 complaints filed against police officers last year. In a press conference Castaner said the chokehold would no longer be taught in police and gendarmerie schools and that racism did not have a place in the country's society.

Law
North Rhine-Westphalia: Firearm threats are increasing

Almost every second police officer in North Rhine-Westphalia has been a victim of violence in 2019. Over 18,500 attacks have been counted, with firearm threats in particular increasing.

Regional News • Oceania
Controversial New Zealand Level 2 Enforcement Law Under Review

As New Zealand sees easing of movement restrictions, a controversial law that allows police to enter homes without a search warrant to enforce restriction rules is being heavily criticised. Parliament has voted to send the law to a selected committee for a post-enactment review. Both Act and The National Party called the bill "an overreach of powers".

Health
Man in Taiwan fined $33,000 for breaking self-isolation

During a routine police check at a nightclub, the man was caught violating his mandatory 14-day self-isolation after he had returned from Southeast Asia. He got the maximum fine of 1 million Taiwanese Dollar which translates to around $33,000 US Dollar.