Plans for the city of Pasadena to deploy gunfire detection monitors across the city were paused for one week when the city council paused the contract with contractor ShotSpotter. The plan to deploy was puased on the heels of a report that suggest ‘brown and black’ communities would be disproportionately affected, with police presence only increasing in these communities that are still calling for less of a police footprint, not more.
The City Council on Monday announced that a proposed contract for technology that uses microphones and sensors to determine the location of gunshots and quickly alerts police will be held for one week.
According to Mayor Victor Gordo, city staff will bring to the council more information on Shotspotter, a system that records loud, impulsive sounds and alerts police in 60 seconds or less about the location of the gunshot. Advocates believe the system could save lives, deter shootings, and prevent the need to investigate non-gunfire-related incidents, such as fireworks…..
Pasadena police Lt. Bill Grisafe said that after analyzing police data, ShotSpotter proposed to cover about a three-square-mile area of Pasadena that is most impacted by gun-related violence.
There was no mention of the specific area being considered.
According to a report to the council’s Public Safety Committee, which passed the matter last week, the Pasadena police intend to deploy ShotSpotter sensors in areas its own analysis shows are “most impacted by gun-related crimes.”
The ACLU claims that reasoning will increase the police footprint in Black and brown communities.