Feds Told Cops To Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

347px-American_teenager_with_cellphone_2011Law enforcement circumventing the judicial system? You don’t say…

On Thursday evening, the ACLU published a 2009 e-mail exchange between police departments in Sarasota, Florida, and North Port, Florida, indicating that local law enforcement had concealed the use of cell phone-tracking Stingray devices in court documents. Stingray is a trademark, but it has come to generally mean devices that can be used to track phones or even intercept calls and text messages.

Although the Sarasota Police Department and the North Point Police Department did not own Stingray devices, the two departments had borrowed the cell phone trackers from the US Marshals Service (USMS), which requested that they hide the use of the Stingrays from judges and defendants. The issue was discussed in the e-mails when the Sarasota Police Department realized that a North Point detective had been too explicit in a probable cause affidavit (PCA), specifically detailing “the investigative means used to locate the suspect.” The Sarasota Police asked that the North Point Police seal the old affidavit and submit a new, more vague one.

The e-mail continues:

via Cops hid use of phone tracking tech in court documents at feds’ request | Ars Technica.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Duh Homeland has laws that make telling the truth illegal
    and make perjury legal
    there are secret courts & secret laws
    & over 1 million doughnut munching pigs
    which why they promote the place
    as the land of the free