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Boston Police And Fenway Park Honor Fallen New York City Police Officer 

CBS Boston - July 17, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston and New York Police Officers and baseball fans united Sunday to pay tribute to a New York City Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

The time to honor Officer Miosotis Familia, killed in the line of duty on the morning on July 5th, was not only to enjoy friendship between officers in blue, but to have a time of healing.

From the moment they crossed into the state, the group of NYPD officers received a police escort. Massachusetts law enforcement officers gave members of New York Police Department’s 46th Precinct a hero’s welcome once the New York Police arrived in the city.

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Thank the Boston Police for a quieter city 

By Scot Lehigh GLOBE COLUMNIST JUNE 21, 2017

Maybe it’s been this ghastly spring, which has only just surrendered to hints of summer.

Or perhaps I’m going deaf. Or maybe I just have a hopeful ear.

If so, readers, please let me know.

But from my listening post on Beacon Hill — otherwise known as this newspaper’s State House bureau — the city seems quieter. Sometimes long hours — days, almost — go by without the roar of an unmuffled motorcycle blasting noise all over the Common or the Public Garden. Or through the several miles of the city I regularly walk. It no longer feels as though we’re under sustained sonic assault from a bevy of boorish bikers. My ears and eyes in other parts of the city agree that things are considerably better.

Not perfect. One aural agent reports riders regularly revving and roaring out near Jamaica Pond. But that’s one of the few complaints I’ve heard so far this motorcycling season.

So today I’m tipping my new Tall Ships cap to Boston’s quality-of-life police commissioner, Bill Evans, who has spurred the Boston Police Department to pay some long-overdue attention to excessive, illegal, and thoroughly noxious noise.

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'Blue Alert' System Could Help Law Enforcement 

NWAhomepage.com Jul 17, 2017

WASHINGTON -- A branch of the Justice Department is pushing for a 'Blue Alert' system, to make it easier to alert members of the public when officers of the law are in danger.

Officials say that the recent prevalence of crimes against police places new importance on the implementation of such a system.

"The type of individuals that would harm law enforcement and kill law enforcement, these are people who pose an inherent immediate danger," said Vince Davenport, the Deputy National Coordinator for Blue Alerts.

Davenport said that a Blue Alert system would do more than just protect the police--it would be a critical step in alerting the public when a potentially dangerous suspect is on the loose.

Because suspects often travel from one jurisdiction to the other, Davenport said the goal of the Blue Alert is to integrate response plans into a national framework for dealing with suspects. Similar to the way Amber Alerts operate, a Blue Alert could send a notification to cell phones, which could provide more details about the subject.

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Power to seize phone, Net records is a ‘sanctioned fishing expedition,’ critics say 

By Michael Levenson GLOBE STAFF JULY 16, 2017

When prosecutors first pushed for the power to seize telephone and Internet records themselves, bypassing the need for a judge to approve a warrant, they argued the power was necessary to help them quickly track down missing children and sexual predators.

But records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show prosecutors have used that significant subpoena power hundreds of times a year in routine investigations related to larceny, check fraud, assault, and other common crimes.

The explosion in the use of these administrative subpoenas, as they are formally known, has alarmed civil libertarians, who point out that, under the law, the targets do not have to be criminal suspects and are generally unaware that law enforcement is tracking their phone logs and online histories.

The law allows prosecutors to issue the subpoenas as long as they have “reasonable grounds to believe” the records “are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.” Unlike for a warrant issued by a judge, prosecutors do not need to present evidence that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed, and no independent arbiter oversees the process.

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Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access 

ABC NEWS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Jul 16, 2017

Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments.

Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in the case, which resembles legal challenges throughout the country from technology companies that oppose how the government seeks access to internet data in emails or social media accounts during criminal investigations, The Washington Post reported .

Facebook is arguing in the D.C. Court of Appeals that the order violates First Amendment protections of the company and individuals.

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