Big Brother and Irony

Steps down the road to a surveillance society.

Police use technology to combat gun violence.

On a computer in the dispatch center at police headquarters, one can play back the audio from the last few moments of Alberto L. Rodriguez’s life.

Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!

It’s the sound of four crisp, evenly paced gunshots ripping through the night on Pine Street in the heart of the city’s Six Corners neighborhood.

Rodriguez was shot and killed Oct. 14. He died at Baystate Medical Center. He was found in his car on Ashley Street, suffering from multiple gunshot injuries after going off the road and slamming into a parked vehicle. Police said Rodriguez apparently lost control of his car and crashed as he was fleeing from the shooter who remains at large. [emphasis added]

How ironic is it that the example used to demonstrate the effectiveness of this system didn’t result in the perpetrator being caught?

I guess helping the Police locate the bodies quickly is a plus yes? Too bad that

The system has yet to net any arrests, Delaney said,

but of course,

he is confident that will change. “It’s just a matter of time,” he said.

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

And then there’s always the privacy aspect:

Residents need not worry that the sensor system poses a means for government to eavesdrop on their lives. The sensors are calibrated to detect gunshots and other loud noises but are not so sensitive that they can pick up conversations at street level, he said.

Sometimes after a gunshot, they will pick up screaming or the squeal of a fleeing vehicle but “we can’t hear conversational voices from where we are,”

Yet.

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