In 40-foot high watch towers, police officers are practically prison guards over population.
August 15, 2013
A New Jersey police department is replacing their beat cops with “virtual patrols” that can spy on you.
The Camden County Police Department recently created the Real Time Tactical Operation Intelligence Center in order to “help a reduced police force” by installing 120 cameras across the city, according to My9NJ.
The cameras can record in real-time and save footage for future use.
The police department also monitors the public with a mobile 40-foot high sky booth called the “Sky Patrol,” which is practically a prison guard tower.
The booth is high enough for police to intimidate the population below while scanning a wide area of the city with cameras, thermal-imaging, and other sophisticated spy tech.
Citizens have already resisted the Sky Patrol, which costs $135,000.
“When there’s that expectation that you are alone, and someone’s looking in a window or a fenced-in backyard, that’s a real problem,” Jeffrey Zucker, a criminal attorney, said to the to the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill. “If you’re on the street or your porch, it’s a different matter.”
He further stated that the Sky Patrol can test the limits on current police searches.
Another attorney, Kenneth D. Aita, said that the Sky Patrol is in a “very grey area” of the Fourth Amendment.
“Every ruling from the court will be based on specific facts of each case,” Aita said. “There is no precedent.”
The district attorney told the New York Times that he thought that this warrantless recording was admissible in court, claiming that “what is said and picked up” by the microphone in public “does not have the expectation of privacy.”