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Advocates Urge San Diego City Council To Delay Vote On Surveillance Technology Contract

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Above: A ShotSpotter audio sensor on the corner of 65th Street and Varney Drive. July 26, 2021.

Community advocates want the San Diego City Council to hold off on extending the city’s contract with ShotSpotter, a Bay Area-based company that provides the San Diego Police Department with controversial audio surveillance technology.

First installed in San Diego in 2016, the ShotSpotter system is a series of audio sensors on top of buildings and light posts that detects and records the sounds of shots fired and locates where they were fired. The company claims the system sends sounds to a control center where individuals confirm that it is a gunshot and then notifies the police in less than a minute.

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The sensors have been deployed in a 3.6-square-mile area in predominantly Black and Latino Southeast…

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