NYPD Rolls Out Latest Tool To Keep Poor People Under Siege

06.30.11 Bucky Turco

The NYPD is currently testing out a new device in low income areas of Brownsville, Brooklyn that could cause more harm than good: gunshot detectors. As the name suggests, the gizmos detect gunshots and point surveillance cameras in the relative direction of the loud bangs. The system then snaps photos of possible suspects, or the poor saps who happen to be in that area, and informs police.

According to the Daily News, officers are being instructed to “treat each alert like it’s the real deal.” That’s good to hear. What could possibly go wrong?