Judge orders Mem­phis po­lice to re­write sur­veil­lance poli­cies

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A fed­eral judge has or­dered the po­lice de­part­ment in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, to bol­ster its poli­cies to come into com­pli­ance with a court or­der pro­hibit­ing it from watch­ing pro­test­ers and mon­i­tor­ing their so­cial me­dia.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Jon McCalla ruled that the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Ten­nessee showed “clear and con­vinc­ing” ev­i­dence the city had vi­o­lated a 1978 fed­eral con­sent de­cree bar­ring the city from en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal sur­veil­lance.

The le­gal fight stemmed from the ACLU’s claims that po­lice en­gaged in im­proper sur­veil­lance of ac­tivists with the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

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