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The two-facedness of this reporting. This is about gun violence. Not fucking privacy. Murders and gun toting nuts terrorizing their neighborhoods do not have the right to privacy. If given enough time to gather enough data it could theoretically help identify where violence happens. This could save lives. Black lives.
It's astonishing to me how suddenly the Stranger and Ansel are all privacy purists when, somehow, if you squint you eyes just right and take the most uncharitable read possible, gun violence might have something to with black people and therefor it has to be racist. or something.
Black communities are trapped between the self righteous Scylla of white liberals who refuse to admit black people are killing one another and the Charybdis of white racist conservatives who are delighted to see black people kill each other.
Whether this is good or effective policing I don't know, but the privacy issue seems pretty lightweight.
If you want to get serious about reducing crime, you've got to get serious about REDUCING POVERTY. It's as simple as that. One of the leading causes of poverty these day is RENT. When is the City of Seattle going to do something about that exploding problem?
I'm all for emphasizing rehabilitation over punitive imprisonment and ending racial disparities in the criminal justice system, but I will not defend those who recklessly discharge firearms or aid them in avoiding detection.