Chris Francescani

Chris Francescani

Journalist, New York City

New York City-based reporter covering U.S. law enforcement, surveillance issues and occasionally writing about music. @CDFrancescani

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The Drive to Spy | Medium

There are thousands of cameras following you, anyone can watch, and it’s all legal.

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Film festival showcases the soaring power of drone cinematography | The Washington Post

The dawn of drone cinema is upon us. And the view will blow your mind.

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Conn. Investigators Moving Forward in Bizarre Bomb Plot, Bank Heist Probe - ABC News

Conn. Investigators Moving Forward in Bizarre Bomb ...

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Murder trial begins in the case of NY child who disappeared 35 years ago - The Washington Post

“Etan was dead before his mom even knew he was missing [and] then his family and countless others spent the next three decades looking for him,” a Manhattan prosecutor told jurors. “That journey ends here.”

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Bob Dylan's Whole Life in 30 Minutes | Daily Beast

In a rambling, comprehensive and surprisingly biting speech, Bob Dylan gave a half-hour speech of a lifetime on Friday. Here’s what he had to say.

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Feds Target Vegas Clichés | Al Jazeera America

With FBI biometric database, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay there anymore.

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New York's Winter of Discontent - The Washington Post

A month after the killings of two NYPD officers set off a dramatic public confrontation between union leaders and a mayor elected on a vow to reform the police department, New Yorkers are not happy with either side in the long-running debate about law enforcement and race in the nation’s biggest metropolis.

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U.S. Officials: Foreign Fighters Pouring Into Syria Faster Than Ever | NBC News

Unprecedented stream of fighters worries counter terror officials.

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Reuters Investigates - George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old. But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman's past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

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The Trayvon Martin Case Thru the Eyes of Florida Police | Daily Beast

"Local law enforcement agencies are just one incident away from a major catastrophe.”

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NYPD to End Low Level Marijuana Arrests | Reuters

With less than an ounce, you're likely to bounce.

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed | Daily Beast

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.

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Naked in a steam room: The new face of privacy | Al Jazeera America

Dark Mail. Blackphones. Secure e-drops. Bitcoin ATMs. Makeup that thwarts facial recognition software.

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In NY, more than 1,000 march to protest police brutality on MLK Day | The Washington Post

“When someone out on the street commits a crime, and someone is with him, that person is called an accomplice,” said Justice League NYC coordinator Rameen Aminzadeh. “If you had someone that killed a person, got away with it, and you continue to wear that uniform and carry out those policies and stand with that department, then I think it’s fair to call you a racist.”

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From Hollywood to Kansas, drones are flying under the radar | Reuters

Tens of thousands of domestic drones are zipping through U.S. skies, often flouting tight federal restrictions on drone use that require even the police and the military to get special permits.