Microsoft, Amazon, and PayPal Executives All Have Seats on the Boards of Police Foundations

New research shows tech companies’ police involvement goes way beyond their products

Seattle police stand guard after dispersing a protest against police brutality and the murder of George Floyd outside a precinct in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, on June 1, 2020. Photo: Jason Redmond/Getty Images

The Seattle Police Foundation cemented its relationship with Microsoft two years ago by welcoming Microsoft’s director of worldwide public safety, Kirk Arthur, onto its board of directors.

While the San Jose Police Foundation says it does not fund weapons or ammunition acquisitions, it does issue grants to police for “technology and state of the art equipment.”

Staff writer at OneZero covering social platforms, internet communities, and the spread of misinformation online. Previously: VICE

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