Study Questions Accuracy, Utility of ShotSpotter Technology

The Chicago Police Department’s use of the acoustic gunfire detection system ShotSpotter has come into sharp focus in recent weeks, particularly after 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot in March by an officer responding to the technology’s alerts.

A new study by Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center found that 86% of ShotSpotter alerts did not result in a police report of any crime or incident, leading to questions of the technology’s value in violence…

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