While the numbers have crept up, the circumstances that precede the killings have remained consistent.
In 2022, 132 killings (11%) were cases in which no offense was alleged; 104 cases (9%) were mental health or welfare checks; 98 (8%) involved traffic violations; and 207 (18%) involved other allegations of nonviolent offenses. There were also 93 cases (8%) involving claims of a domestic disturbance and 128 (11%) where the person was allegedly seen with a weapon. Only 370 (31%) involved a potentially more serious situation, with an alleged violent crime.
"These are routine police encounters that escalate to a killing," said Samuel Sinyangwe, a data scientist and policy analyst who founded Mapping Police Violence and provided 2022 data to the Guardian. "The reduction in the conversation around police violence does not mean that this issue is going away. What's clear is that it's continuing to get worse, and that it's deeply systemic."
What's more, in 32% of cases last year, the person was fleeing before they were killed, generally running or driving off -- cases in which experts say lethal force is unwarranted and also endangers the public.
"3 Simple Steps to Re-Regulate a Unit." First, use one of Teman's automated products to catch a tenant breaking a law or violating their lease, such as by having unapproved subletters or loud parties. Then, "vacate" them and merge their former apartment with one next door or above or below, creating a "new" unit that's not eligible for rent protections. "Combine a $950/mo studio and $1400/mo one-bedroom into a $4200/mo DEREGULATED two-bedroom," the email enticed.
Teman's surveillance systems can even "help you identify which units are most-likely open to moving out (or being evicted!)." [...]
Any camera system can document possibly eviction-worthy behavior, but McElroy identified two companies, Teman and Reliant Safety, that use the biometrics of tenants with the explicit goal of facilitating evictions. [...]
In his appeals to landlords, Teman has broadened the scope of tenants targetable through his products. In a 2018 LinkedIn post, the possibly eviction-worthy activities detected included "subletting," "living elsewhere most of the year," "hav[ing] too many occupants" and "hosting parties or businesses."
He has explicitly suggested surveilling rent-stabilized apartments. "We have EVICTED OVER 600 STABILIZED TENANTS in the last 2 years," the same post stated.
He also claims facial recognition can prevent inheritance claims, in which some rent protections are passed to family members who lived with a tenant. "That old lady might be gone in a few years," Teman wrote, "but if you cannot prove her grandkid didn't live with her, he'll get the apartment and its $600 rent!"
In 2020, Teman was convicted of bank fraud for allegedly taking illegal withdrawals from clients, a conviction for which Teman's supporters in comedy and rabbinical circles appealed for a pardon from then-president Donald Trump.