So, apparently the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department thinks the city needs terrorist-level surveillance equipment to monitor crime in Compton.

Residents are shocked to learn the department tested technology originally used in Afghanistan and Iraq to track down terrorists. The surveillance pilot program – which was tested in 2012 – used an airplane flying at 10,000 feet to record a 25-square-mile area. Users could even rewind footage and pinpoint a crime or suspect.

“It allowed us, in the eyes of the inventor, [to be] basically like Google Earth,” Sgt. Douglas Iketani of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says.

But the department passed on the equipment because the images weren’t as sharp as the department would’ve liked.

“We couldn’t tell if you were a man or a woman, a boy or a girl, at the altitude that thing was flying, we could barely tell if it was a full-size SUV or compact car,” Iketani says.

Well that’s what you get for spying on residents for testing purposes and not telling them.

“I [didn’t know about it.] Wow. It really bothers me a lot,” says resident Latonya Lindsey. “If that’s what’s going on, people should know.”


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