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: Kristin Smart Case: Court Document Says Student Was Once Buried In Suspect's Backyard
“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: COVID Impact: Santa Clara Supes Looking To Provide Air Filters to Small Businesses, Nonprofits
“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: PG&E Arraigned On Criminal Charges In Connection With 2019 Kincade Fire In Sonoma County