[Discussion] Surveillance and the Police State

General observations on surveillance and accrual of police powers.

For what it's worth, a man in China got a traffic ticket for scratching his face - an AI surveillance system thought he looked like he was talking on a cell phone while driving and automatically took a photo and sent a ticket. If they're doing that, it's not unreasonable to assume they have plenty of capability for more.

(hopefully I am not repeating something already reported here)

Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals

Detective Maurice Ward, who's already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners were told to carry the replicas and BB guns "in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them." The directive allegedly came from the team's sergeant, Wayne Jenkins, the Washington Post reports. Though Ward didn't say whether or not the tactic was ever used, Detective Marcus Taylor—another cop swept up in the scandal—was carrying a fake gun almost identical to his service weapon when he was arrested last year, according to the Sun.