Police Spied on New York Black Lives Matter Group, Internal Police Documents Show | Mother Jones

Police Spied on New York Black Lives Matter Group, Internal Police Documents Show; Brandon Ellington Patterson; In Mother Jones; 2017-10-19.


  • Black Lives Matter (BLM)
  • Black Lives Matter Global Network, a “chapter” of Black Lives Matter (BLM)
  • Clarkstown, New York
  • Rockland County, upstate New York
  • We the People, a protest group
  • 2015-11


<quote>Michael Sullivan, ex? Chief of Police, Clarkstown, New York, was suspended 2016-07, fired 2017-09. A special prosecutor had been hired by the town supervisor (the equivalent of a mayor) to investigate the unit and had uncovered evidence of improper surveillance targeting Sullivan’s perceived political enemies—including the county sheriff, a judge, the supervisor himself, and even residents who supported cutting the police department’s budget. The investigation resulted in more than a dozen disciplinary charges against Sullivan—who was found guilty for 11 of them. He was fired in September 2017.</quote>


Background for the piece…

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    uses Geofeedia into Fusion Centers, to prospectively track persons of interest via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. ref
  • Black Panthers
    use Signal.
  • Justice Department
    <quote><snip/>had obtained search warrants to access Facebook accounts of “anti-administration activists.</quote>
  • FBI
    • …and “civli rights leaders”
      <quote>well aware of the FBI’s history of surveillance against civil rights leaders and the Black Panthers</quote>
    • 2017-10, <quote>[the FBI] had identified a new surveillance category for “black identity extremists”</quote>
  • Definition “black identity extremists,” a precrime designator
    Are [people] who are assessed to have a propensity to attack police in retaliation for police violence against African Americans.
  • Strategic Intelligence Unit, Police Department, State of New York.
    • established 2013
    • Clarkstown, New York
  • social-media surveillance
  • 2015-11
    • [police] used a “geofence” twice in the month.
    • Data sources
      • Twitter
      • Instagram
  • Geofeedia
    • Events: 2016-Summer.
    • Where:
      • Nyack, New York [State]
      • Clarkstown, New York [State]



  • Stephen Cole-Hatchard, ex-? Sergeant,ex-”head,” Strategic Intelligence Unit, Police Department, Clarkstown.
  • Peter Modafferi, ex-chief detective, District Attorney’s Office, Rockland County, New York
  • Michael Sullivan, ex-Chief of Police, Clarkstown, New York,
    was suspended 2016-07, was fired 2017-09 [see above].
  • William O. Wagstaff III, attorney for the plaintiffs.


For Color, Backgorund & Verisimilitude
  • Chris Conley, staff, attorney-cert., ACLU of Northern California.
  • Susan Freiwald, professor, Law School, University of San Francisco (USF).
  • Cedric L. Richmond, D, LA, chairman, Congressional Black Caucus.


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