On June 5, 2018, the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), the Homeland Security fusion center for the Norcal region, released via a public records request the sharing report for their account in the license plate reader database LEARN-NVLS, which is maintained by plate reader manufacturer Vigilant Solution.
The report (see below) listed 100+ agencies the fusion center is sharing its own license plate reader data with, including many outside the region (sample) – Duluth Police Department(MN), the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department (TX), The Grosse Ile Police Department (MI), The Pine Mountain Police Department (GA), Saugerties Police Department (NY), the Miami Police Department (FL) and the Gulfport Police Department (MS).
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As the primary election polls were starting to close, at a bit after 9pm Pacific on June 5, the Richmond City Council completed their second and ratifying vote on the Bay Area’s first Sanctuary City contracting ordinance, by a 5-1 vote.
The Sanctuary City contracting ordinance (template legislation is available at the Deport ICE website) allows cities and counties that are sanctuary jurisdictions to put their dollars where their mouths are, by ending municipal contracts and investments with ICE data brokers.
Richmond’s historic vote makes Richmond the first city in the United States to strengthen their sanctuary policy to exclude private parties providing information and vetting services to ICE.
Similar legislation is under consideration in Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland.
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