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Tacoma police are using a device the ACLU considers highly "intrusive" and "unregulated" to locate wanted criminal suspects.
A police spokesperson said the department has used its cell phone simulator 180 times since 2009.
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00:02 We're Tacoma police think you're involved in a serious crime
00:05 they have the ability to know when you're on the phone
00:08 who you're talking to. In where you are. It's been used
00:12 since 2009. And -- technology many haven't heard it rather alarming
00:16 -- I have the ACL uses a so called sting rays
00:19 are highly intrusive and unregulated devices something that has the potential
00:23 of spying on the cellphone use. Of anyone within a half
00:27 mile radius I don't think that the government. Should be able
00:30 to Baghdad anyone's information to call police say that's not happening.
00:35 In the last six years the department says the device has
00:37 been used in a 180 investigations. To only locate specific suspects.
00:43 No conversations. Texts are data. -- record I was unaware that
00:48 any of these types of devices were used prolonged course and
00:52 pierce county had I had. That was news to me pierce
00:55 county's presiding judge who signs search warrants says he'll start asking
00:59 investigators if the device is going to be used I can
01:02 see. Legitimate uses but if there's someone -- it some concerns
01:06 -- in fact they're getting. Information from people totally unrelated to
01:11 a criminal investigation what's happening to that information. Police say that
01:15 sort of information is never collected all the terms stingray may
01:19 not have been written down a spokesperson political police department. Says
01:23 every time the technology has been used. A search warrant has
01:27 been obtained. And those targeted in their cell phones have been
01:30 involved in the most serious felony crimes or missing persons report.
01:35 I think it's good that they have access to that police
01:37 and prosecutors call the technology of valuable crime fine. And many
01:41 cell phone users in Tacoma agree. I think if you have
01:44 something I figured maybe that line of credit here on this
01:47 person. That can -- back guys.