Mainstreet Policing Meets Military-Grade Surveillance

Catherine Crump

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In the United States, people increasingly understand that local police departments often possess high-tech military grade weapons and equipment designed for the battlefield. But what people don’t realize is that the same police departments often also possess very sophisticated surveillance technology that can be used to monitor, track and record the population as we all go about our everyday activities. The talk will explore the kinds of surveillance technologies now in the possession of ordinary police departments far from any crime or terrorism hotspots.