Complaint Review: Waurika Police Department and Jefferson County Sherriff's Office - Waurika Oklahoma
Waurika Police Department and Jefferson County Sherriff's Office City of Waurika, Oklahoma They are violating privacy and civil rights by using Stingray devices to spy on innocent citizens. Waurika Oklahoma
*Author of original report: This is what happens when you expose corrupt police officers.
*UPDATE Employee: Don's still upset about what happened in 2018
*Consumer Comment: Thank You
*Consumer Comment: Nobody Cares What the ACLU Says
*UPDATE Employee: You better watch yourself!
*Author of original report: ACLU finds the use of Stingray drones unconstitutional
*Consumer Comment: Wrong....
For the past 12 years both the Waurika Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Waurika Oklahoma have engaged in warrantless spying and eavesdropping on innocent citizens. I worked for the city of Waurika for 6 years and can tell you that the things they are doing are in my opinion very unconstitutional.
In addition to installing license plate readers on roadways, and atop stoplights and street lamps in Waurika, they also have Stingrays. For those of you who aren't familiar with that term, a Stingray is a cell site simulator device. It masquerades as a cell phone tower forcing all nearby cell phones to connect to it.
It's usually mounted in a law enforcement vehicle but it can also be mounted on undercover vans, semi-trucks, pickup trucks, cars etc. It is usually coupled with an antenna. Police can use the stingray to determine where a mobile phone is in real time. Phones also stream data to the device including the phone and identification number of the phone, which can be used to collect information such as past phone calls, numbers dialed, text messages sent, and even internet sites visited.
The cost of a stingray is around $130,000 to $400,000. Waurika has 4 Stingray devices that I'm aware of. Now why would a town with a population of only 2000 people require 4 Stingray cell site simulators? Are there really that many dangerous people living in Waurika? Really? Another type of equipment that they use is Range R. It looks like a high tech stud finder but it pinpoints people.
The radar device uses radio waves to see through walls to locate people inside a structure. It can pick up on movements as slight as human breathing. It can detect the location of a person up to 50 feet away. The device was devised for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but it is now being used by police departments all over the United States.
The device costs around $6,000. For both the Stingray and Range R a warrant is not necessary. They can be used anytime for any reason and many privacy advocates argue that it is an invasion of privacy to use these types of devices on innocent law abiding citizens. However, police departments and law enforcement officers argue that it is necessary to prevent crime.
Again the population of Waurika is 2,000 people. Why do you need these devices? It is a concern I have raised many times in the past but it has fallen on deaf ears and those who have selective hearing refuse to listen. Another type of technology that is being used and abused is drones. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles. They come in many sizes and can be self guided or controlled remotely by humans.
Predator B drones are used by the military but are also used by law enforcement. Predator B drones have a wingspan of about 65 feet. Other drones that are currently being used can be outfitted with a variety of gadgets from cameras to surveillance technology. Some can also be outfitted with laser weapons as well as other types of weapons. Again, why do we have this type of technology in Waurika?
I've also heard that the Duncan Police Department also has this type of technology as well as Stingray cell site simulators. Privacy advocates are calling for clear regulations to protect privacy over private residential areas. If drones are used for surveillance, a warrant should be required and it should have a statute of limitations. Civil rights organizations have also argued that images taken by drones shouldn't be stored unless they pertain to an ongoing investigation.
Facial recognition software analyzes aspects of a person's face like space between someone's eyes, or how long a person's nose is and creates a template. That template is then compared to a database of photographs which could include images from surveillance video or mug shots to identify a person. In 2018, the FBI launched the Next Generation Identification System which will house more than 50 million photographs that law enforcement can access to verify someone's identity.
Several Civil Rights groups and organizations argue racial recognition software doesn't work. The system can be fooled by facial hair, weight loss, aging, or plastic surgery. The Electric Frontier Foundation has sued the government for manipulating information and argued that the software is among the most alarming technological developments because people cannot easily take precautions against covert and mass capturing of their images. And yes this technology is being used in the small town of Waurika.
I mentioned license plate readers in the beginning of this complaint and I want to expand on that. A license plate reader scans a vehicle's license plate and stores the plate number, the date, time, and GPS location from when it was photographed. Data can be used for days, months or even years.
Scanned license plate numbers can be checked in addition with a list of vehicles that are stolen or wanted by police. If your tag number matches any part of a tag of a stolen vehicle, the police now have probable cause to search your vehicle. Innocent until proven guilty? Not in Waurika folks.
I am also assuming this is the way it is in many small towns in Oklahoma and Texas. The reason for this complaint is because I now realize that there are a few innocent people in which unbeknownst to them are being tracked and watched via the technology that I mentioned above.
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