OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A high-tech tool used to pinpoint gunfire can also record voice conversations on Oakland streets.
Shotspotter equipment captured the final words of a dying man who yelled out the suspect’s nickname.READ MORE: Pandemic Points Up Need to Diversify Lake Tahoe Tourist Economy
“Don’t do me like that, Ar,” the victim shouted.
That recording helped police identify the shooter, Arliton Johnson, and that doesn’t sit well with privacy advocates in Oakland.READ MORE: UPDATE: Evacuation Orders Downgraded to Warnings as Crews Mop Up Estrada Fire Near Watsonville
“We’ve been told by OPD for months that it does not record audio. Lo and behold, it records our voices,” Oakland Privacy Working Group lawyer Brian Hofer said.
Hofer claims that Oakland Police have never publicly confirmed shotspotter’s ability to record voices before a public safety meeting last week.
“Bring this stuff out into the open. We know technology is amazing and it’s getting better and better. Let us have some input into debating whether it’s appropriate.”MORE NEWS: Pleasant Hill Police Ask Public for Help Finding Stabbing Suspect