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Community Alert: PredPol Company and Involvement of Local Politicians
by Ladies_and_Gentlemen
Monday Mar 16th, 2015 11:21 AM
Several local politician/community figure types have been involved in the formation, marketing, and ongoing operation of a local startup company called "PredPol". This company claims to make crime-predicting software which they want police departments across the country to buy. There are some who think they are just blatant prison-industrial complex profiteers abusing their political connections to become rich on the backs of the 99%.

The real scoop on this has been censored in the local media. After reading the links below, including the SF Weekly investigative article, you'll understand why.
Community Alert: PredPol Company and Involvement of Local Politicians
by Ladies_and_Gentlemen
Monday Mar 16th, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please be advised of the questionable involvement of several local politician/community figure types in the formation, marketing, and ongoing operation of a local startup company called "PredPol". This company claims to make crime-predicting software which they want police departments across the country to buy. There are some who think they are blatant prison-industrial complex profiteers abusing their Democratic-party connections. The SF Weekly article (link below) does a great job of exposing the ethical problems related to the way this startup has been "operating" (censored in local Monterey Bay media). Basically, they have claimed as "customers" many police departments who have not paid for the software and are using it strictly on a trial basis. Predpol has also been pressuring these same departments to give false "testimonials" for their software. Some Police Dept heads, including in SF, have objected to this political-sweatshop behavior.

Up until recently, there was even a CIA (InQTel) employee on the Board of Directors (they figured out this would be PR-negative).

The local figures hoping to become rich from this are: Ryan Coonerty, Caleb Baskin, Zach Friend, and Donnie Fowler (apologies if I missed anybody). They have been coordinating their actions in order to keep this information from, and deceive, the public.

The real scoop on this has been censored in the local media. After reading the links below, including the SF Weekly investigative article, you'll understand why.

Let's not allow this kind of prison-industrial complex profiteering to happen in our community !!! Hypocrites, false progressives, and prison-industrial profiteers clearly must be stopped in their tracks.

SF Weekly Article:

http://www.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/all-tomorrows-crimes-the-future-of-policing-looks-a-lot-like-good-branding/Content?oid=2827968

Techdirt Magazine:

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131031/13033125091/predictive-policing-company-uses-bad-stats-contractually-obligated-shills-to-tout-unproven-successes.shtml

Safe Growth Blog:

http://safe-growth.blogspot.fr/2013/11/a-bad-week-for-predictive-policing.html


PEACE OUT

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All Tomorrow's Crimes: The Future of Policing Looks a Lot Like Good BrandingDarwin Bond-Graham and Ali Winston (repost)Sunday Mar 22nd, 2015 6:57 PM
More Transgressions by Coonerty-Neuner CronyistsConcernedTuesday Mar 17th, 2015 10:34 AM
You missed one . . .John Cohen-ColbyMonday Mar 16th, 2015 9:28 PM
Long game.GMonday Mar 16th, 2015 1:03 PM
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