Best Constitutionally-Fraught Secret Crime-Fighting Tactic: Persistent Surveillance Systems and Texas Hedge Fund Cash

So did you hear that the Baltimore Police have been quietly surveilling the city from above for half a year, thanks to a contract with a private company funded by a Texas philanthropist? We’ve got some questions about these planes and their video footage of citizens: Is this even legal? (No one seems to be sure.) And if so, should it be? And what does the BPD mean when it uses the words “open and transparent” but does shit like this on the down low? According to the Baltimore Brew, this program was first tested back in 2008. Why didn’t we hear about it then? And—this is not insignificant—why the hell is some Lone Star State peeping Tom paying to watch what we do in Baltimore?

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