NYPD Testing Scan-And-Frisk Devices

Body scans seem poised to move from the airports to the street corners. ANIMAL New York reports:

Just when we thought it was safe to assume that the NYPD’s decidedly unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk policy might be on its way out, Commissioner Ray Kelly announced a major development yesterday: New York City, meet Scan-and-Frisk.

A new scanning device– which detects heat energy naturally emitted by humans– is to be deployed sometime in the near future. The device can fit in a police car or on a “suspicious” street corner, and can supposedly detect concealed weapons, which would block the natural radiation, from a great distance. Activation of the device will be considered probable cause for an officer to search a suspect more thoroughly.

The device is already being tested “with encouraging results at the NYPD range Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx,” with more testing soon, at unknown public locations. Whether the scanner can be activated by other (less lethal) inanimate objects has yet to be known. The extent of the anatomical detail that police using the device will be seeing underneath people’s clothing is also still unclear.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    too bad they don’t do stuff like this in China
    it would cause a revolution
    good thing they’re doing it in the Land of the Free
    everyone feels safer without civil rights

  • InfvoCuernos

    I heard an urban legend years ago about vans that used scanner tech to look inside houses prior to raids. I discounted it as sci-fi back then, but looky here. Once again I am suprised not by the tech, but by law enforcement’s complete lack of consience in applying it.

  • lazy_friend

    Just another excuse to look at my junk again.

  • Haystack

    I used to avoid NYC because of the crime, now I avoid it because of the police.

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