In December 2018, the Bridgeport Police Department officially launched the ShotSpotter – a system that detects gunfire and gives police officers instant access to shooting location maps, as well as information on how many shooters are present and how many shots were fired. The automated system uses computerized sensors placed on buildings and lamp posts throughout the city to detect gunfire. With this technology, police can better predict where shooting may occur, and, consequently, help officers respond more quickly to violence. The system is not a replacement for residents calling in shots fired. Moreover, the data collected can even help neighborhoods combat gun violence through promoting health programs in areas where gun violence usually happens. Despite how ShotSpotter does not have biometric scanning features like other police technologies, it does raise privacy concerns. Some people believe that the system will pick up and record conversations, while others believe it will eventually have more features added (including the ability to record conversations).
My initial reaction to the Capital Gazette shootings on June 28, 2018 (before the shooter was identified): “Is this a ‘Charlie Hebdo-like’ attack on American soil?” Yesterday (July 2), I saw the video below and was shocked to hear what Jim Cavanaugh said about the shooter: he was posting tweets about Charlie Hebdo (4:14).