WXXI AM News

Connections: Should ShotSpotter be used to analyze cases?

Jul 28, 2021

Technology reporter Todd Feathers wrote an extensive piece for Vice's Motherboard about the police tool known as ShotSpotter. It's a piece of technology that supposedly offers accurate analysis of where and when gunshots were fired. It's been used countless times across the country. But Feathers reports that there is essentially no verification that it works, and police have sought to manipulate its findings -- including a case in Rochester.

We discuss what we know about the technology and whether it's an appropriate way to analyze cases. Our guests:

  • Todd Feathers, freelance reporter writing about technology for Vice
  • Katie Higgins, assistant public defender
  • Elizabeth Riley, special assistant public defender
  • Iman Abid, director of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union