Posts Tagged 'criminals'

Lovely Lawbreakers

Photo: JouJou Villeroy

Last month we posted on some cool-looking Australian criminals. Turns out Minneapolis has its own share of pretty cool criminals, at least according to the mug shots the JouJou Villeroy blog dug up.

20th Century Criminals, With Flair

Between 1910 and 1930, Australian authorities photographed the criminals, and suspected criminals, that passed through Sydney’s Central Police Station. Instead of stark and simple mug shots, the result is a collection of intense, engrossing portraits of the city’s underground crime scene.

Author Peter Doyle spent hours immersed in the forensic photography archive at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney to compile the images that make up his book, “Crooks Like Us.” It’s not nice to romanticize these people, who were notable drug dealers, thieves, prostitutes and cons, but they’re a pretty cool-looking set, truth be told. Those that aren’t downright suave and stylish are at least quirky and interesting. (Contrast these to the modern criminal, and well, you see what I mean.)

(via Boing Boing)

Surprisingly, NY Perps Sport Yankees Caps


Source: NYPD

Calling it a “curious phenomenon,” the New York Times is reporting that “dozens of men and women who have robbed, beaten, stabbed and shot at their fellow New Yorkers have done so while wearing Yankees caps or clothing.”

(This is sort of like when the Times tries to make a trend story out of three people they find feeling one way or doing a particular activity — like women who embrace their A-cup status.)

It’s a big joke. What do they expect from people in New York … green Celtics caps? I’m sure they’re wearing Yankees or Mets t-shirts, too, because guess what? People usually wear their hometown sports team gear.

I wonder if the NYPD will start unlawfully harassing Yankees cap wearers just like they do with photographers….

Article from New York Times

App Allows Cops to ID Criminals Instantly

Police in Brockton, Mass., will be the first in the country to have a powerful technological tool at their disposal — an iPhone app that allows them to snap photos of suspects and immediately learn who they are and their criminal history. It’s all part of a facial recognition system, known as MORIS, that uses biometrics to check the photo against a database of existing criminals in mere seconds.

While the novelty of technology is always exciting, I would think some serious thought is going to have to be given to when and how this app is used. Brockton Police Chief William Conlon says, “We are not going to just randomly stop people. It will be used when someone has done something.” But some major civil liberties concerns are raised here, and there is no doubt people will question the constitutionality of such an intrusive device in the context of the Fourth Amendment.

Article from Patriot Ledger (via Switched)



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