Morning Security Brief: Emergency Communications, Twitter Data, Family Files Suit Over Police Shooting, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Chicago authorities are still trying to figure out what caused the city’s hi-tech computer aided dispatch system to crash late Monday night. The system routes calls to police officers in the field, the Chicago Tribune reports. Technicians are working to repair the system. The Office of Emergency and Management Communications spokesman said there was no impact on response times and that dispatchers are using radios to communicate with police officers until it gets fixed.

►According to data released by Twitter on Monday, U.S. law enforcement lead the world in requests for information about individual users. U.S. law enforcement agencies accounted for 80 percent of such requests. The microblogging service says it has received more requests for user information in the first half of 2012 than it did in all of 2011. “According to the company’s privacy policy, that can include your location, IP addresses, search terms, pages visited and also data from when you visit third-party websites with Twitter buttons on them — which would seem to include the one you’re reading right now,” the LA Times reported.

►The family of a 68-year-old marine veteran, who was shot and killed by police in his home, has filed a $21 million lawsuit against the White Plains Police Department. A grand jury declined to indict Anthony Carelli, an officer already facing civil rights charges, who shot Kenneth Chamberlain, so the family took it to civil court. Police responded to Chamberlain’s home after he activated a medical alert pendant around his neck. Authorities say Chamberlain was acting irrationally and threatening officers, but audio recordings from the incident “depict a man who repeatedly told police to leave – stating he did not need medical attention – and predicted he would be killed.”

►In other news, 1.8 million people from New Jersey to North Carolina are still without power after strong storms over the weekend. ♦ Authorities in Paris say they have arrested a French webmaster they says played a “key role in financing and recruiting for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.” ♦ And the U.S. Air Force has grounded all firefighting C-130 planes after one crashed during a mission in South Dakota. This is the second tanker to crash while firefighting this summer.


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