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Futuristic NYPD gun scanners could replace stop-and-frisk

 It was once a technology only ready in the form of special effects in big action movies, and now it may be coming to a street near you.

The NYPD is developing a gun scanner that reads a natural radiation people emit – showing the outline of whatever may be blocking it, like a gun.

“We’re still in the testing phase,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, but added that he’s, “Encouraged by the developments we’ve seen.”


A prototype of the NYPD’s new gun scanner.

The NYPD has been working with a British company to develop the device. Its downside is the same as with the body scanners that the TSA demanded be installed – that it can get a bit invasive as far as the images are concerned.

The gun scanner will have to overcome the body scanner’s short comings, but given the fight over the controversial stop-and-frisk, it may present a solution.

Donna Lieberman of the NYCLU is one of the leading voices against stop and frisk.  The NYCLU filed a freedom of information act with the NYPD to find out more about gun scanners, but their request for transparency was turned down, which leaves little room to find out how transparent people on the street will look.


3 Comments to “Futuristic NYPD gun scanners could replace stop-and-frisk”

    JULIUS6974 said:
    January 24, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    I have seen this used in the BRONX a few months ago, but did not know what it was………SO it's here NOW////

    Tdog said:
    January 24, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    wouldn't be too long before a vest or shirt is made to defeat that scanner and I bet it'll be made by the same company, and the wheels of the bus go round and round.

    Scott Pelly said:
    January 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Our government continues to mistrust it's people as it demands we trust it more. You are guilty until you prove your innocence now. This is bs! Resist!

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