As suspected, law enforcement have lately been borrowing mobile tracking equipment called stingrays and police officers are finding ways to conceal the use of stingrays in court documents handed to judges on criminal probes.
Florida’s ACLU unveiled a set of police e-mails obtained recently via a public request with the subject titled as “Trap and Trace Confidentiality.” The document confirms how local law enforcement, working on current state court issues, hiding in the U.S. Marshals’ office to keep data about the use of stingrays out of court filings and beyond the court’s reach.
A sergeant from the Sarasota P.D. wrote in an application to a judge that a detective from North Port outlined the means of using stingrays to find the suspect. In simple terms, getting the old affidavit fixed and continue using stingrays in secret.
Using stingrays in secret deprives defendants their right to fight unconstitutional surveillance and keeps the public from knowing about aggressive monitoring by law enforcement.