Police department uses Ring video to investigate crimes tied to Black Lives Matter protests

The Los Angeles Police Department sought to use camera video from Amazon’s Ring devices to conduct surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests in mid-2020.

It is raising concerns from civil liberties advocates about privacy, police searches, and freedom of association. Others see it as the use of 21st-century technology in the standard investigative procedure.

The LAPD sent requests to Amazon Ring users seeking footage of protests against police violence, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group that published an email of the request for Ring footage. The EFF filed a public records request with the LAPD after complaints about police tactics during
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