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The Baltimore PD’s Race Bias Extends to High-Tech Spying, Too:

This spring, an appeals court ruled that Baltimore police systemically misused “stingray,” a powerful surveillance device that spoofs cell sites to track cellphones. Last week, the Department of Justice issued a damning report detailing Baltimore PD’s history of racial discrimination. As it turns out, those two issues aren’t just related; they’re intertwined.

That’s what a new FCC complaint, filed by the Center for Media Justice, ColorOfChange.org, and New America’s Open Technology Institute, alleges. The report goes further than just detailing Baltimore’s stingray indiscretions; it argues that the city’s use of cell site simulators disproportionately impacts minority communities, with serious repercussions.