This news article discusses the use of private security cameras, public surveillance, and policing protestors, by drawing attention to the LAPD’s investigation of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020. The article uncovers how the LAPD garnered information from the owners of Amazon Ring security systems in the neighborhoods where protests had taken place through a process that required no oversight from a judge. The LAPD would send requests to individual Ring owners to obtain footage. This process allowed for the voluntary transfer of footage without the consent of those being recorded. Such practices raise larger questions regarding the use of private security systems to target peaceful protestors.
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