Judge Orders Release of Charlotte Police Department’s Cellphone Tracking Records

Since the recent outing of the methods used to catch criminals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, local media has successfully sent a motion to the area police department in an effort to unseal documents related to the secret cell phone surveillance.  A Judge has since ordered the unsealing of some of the documents related to the secret cell phone surveillance.

Judge orders unsealing of certain documents related to cell surveillance

Privacy groups have been in an uproar over the secret surveillance methods, and believe it goes against the US Constitution.  With all the controversy surrounding the method and the lack of transparency, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has written a letter to Judge Richard Boner addressing the media’s request for sealed documents.  Local media outlets are requesting access to CMPD orders and applications.

Judge Boner did grant the request to unseal these documents, which will be made available to the public in the upcoming weeks.

CMPD Chief offers explanation for sealed documents

In a statement released by the CMPD, Chief Rodney Monroe gives insight into why the documents were sealed in the first place.  One of the main reasons for the sealing was to keep suspects from hindering criminal investigations.  CMPD believes it is beneficial to seal the documents until the suspects are arrested.  The release by the CMPD reiterated that the department uses the StingRay surveillance to catch violent criminals, and that the equipment has saved many detective hours on rape, homicides, and kidnapping cases.

By releasing the information requested, the CMPD is hoping that the public can rest easy knowing there is some transparency without compromising the protection of citizens, but also to show that they are working within the law.

Does the document release make you feel better about the secret surveillance?  Let us know in the comments.


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