DNA Lounge: Wherein it's our birthday

Happy 37th birthday to DNA Lounge! The club opened on November 22, 1985.

We got an early birthday present: on Sunday morning, someone broke into the club and stole a whole entire ATM. They were interrupted by the arrival of our janitorial staff, but in the meantime they managed to fairly quickly trash the floor, angle-grinder away some bolts, and load it out.

As far as we can tell, they picked the lock on the door (maybe with a pick-gun or bump-key), since the door and lock were undamaged, but the cylinder was turning freely. Which is frustrating, because that's hard to defend against by just bolting some more steel plate to the door.

However, lest you get the wrong idea, this guy was no Moriarty. We've got lots of video of his face, and can clearly hear him talking on the phone to his getaway driver, Kayla, who was waiting out front in a black Mercedes. If you recognize this guy, both we and SFPD (case 220800244) would sure like to know:

Adding insult to injury, that particular ATM had been broken (and empty) for about a month. We only just got it repaired like three days before.

They also tried to break in to the scooter shop across the street, before paying us a visit.

Maybe now is a good time to remind you that we have a Patreon and a one-time donation page?

Also, today is the anniversary of the Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion Event, so here's wishing a happy Max Headroom Day to all who celebrate.


Killer robots to be permitted under SFPD draft policy

A policy proposal that is heading for Board of Supervisors' approval next week would explicitly authorize San Francisco police to kill suspects using robots.

Peskin initially attempted to limit SFPD's authority over the existing robots by inserting the sentence, "Robots shall not be used as a Use of Force against any person."

The following week, the department struck out his suggestion with a thick red line. [...]

The SFPD has 17 robots in its arsenal, 12 of which are described as fully functional. According to police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca, they have never been used to attack anyone. The robots are typically used for investigating and defusing potential bombs, and for surveillance in areas too awkward or dangerous for officers to access. [...]

The law mandates that every police force in California must annually report its stock of all military-style weapons, their cost, how they can be used, and how they were used in the prior year. [...]

SFPD omitted all of its 608 semi-automatic assault rifles, 64 machine guns, and 15 submachine guns from the new use-of-force policy. [...] The rationale given for the removal of these assault rifles from the policy: the Chief of Police defines them as "standard issue service weapons." [...]

"The law defines 'military weapons,' not the chief of police," wrote civil rights lawyer Moyer over email. "San Francisco is not the only department to attempt to redefine 'military weapons' so as to justify hiding their use, costs, and upkeep from the public."

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