NYPD Developing Infrared Body Scanner To Spot Weapons On People Walking On The Street (VIDEO)

The NYPD is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop technology that can detect concealed firearms at a distance.

The device will be able to read a form of natural energy emitted by people called terahertz, and if something is obstructing that energy, the device will highlight that object on a person's body.

"This technology has shown a great deal of promise as a way of detecting weapons without a physical search," said police spokesman Paul Browne in a statement.

Some civil libertarians said there may be a potential upside to this new technology.

"If we take the police department at their word, that stop-and-frisks are necessary to get guns off the street, then this technology — if it were to work, if it were to be implemented — should reduce the stop-and-frisk numbers dramatically," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

But Lieberman said the technology would raise other potential civil liberties problems.

'It does implicate the right of privacy," Lieberman said. "The ability to walk down the street free from a virtual police pat-down is a matter of concern."

The police have repeatedly defended their stop-and-frisk practice as an important crime-fighting tool that gets guns off the street.

Browne said the department employs other strategies to reduce the number of illegal guns in circulation, including undercover investigations, gun buy-back programs with the public and partnering with clergy leaders to deter gun violence in minority communities.

But Browne said this technology would allow police to tackle gun violence more aggressively.

The device would be placed in a vehicle and could scan an area for weapons. The police said the technology is currently being tested but so far is only detecting weapons from four feet away. They hope to increase the distance to about 80 feet.

Browne said the department will roll out the new technology as soon as it meets their requirements. Source

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Comment by TheFifth -bka- Fonzarello on January 22, 2012 at 11:32am
In Detroit, they already got metal detectors that they can use without getting out of their squad car to tell who on the sidewalk is heated! That's how my boy got caught up. I think they already got half the technology in use that they are talking about is coming soon.
Comment by Mookie on January 20, 2012 at 1:00am
This reminds of the gun in the movie Eraser.
Comment by J_Rydah on January 19, 2012 at 12:15am
This is some f****** b******* man
Comment by Warren on January 18, 2012 at 10:33pm
LOL @ those thinking this is a good thing. Stop buying into media propaganda. It's always the same story how this is to protect citizens/counter terrorism we're living in a fairy tale. You got police strutting around trying to intimedate the public. We need to stop being confortable with all the tyranny. It starts with searching for guns now but watch where it leads.

Throw a frog into a pot of boiling water and the frog will jump out. Throw the same frog in luke warm water and slowly turn up the heat and the frog will cook to death. Welcome to 2012.
Comment by Maurice on January 18, 2012 at 7:46pm
@george. infared does not reveal di cks and sh it like that. Anything that gives off heat aka your body will glow on the monitor, but it if you have something like a gun on you then it will block the glow signal and that's what they're looking for. I think this is a good thing. keep all these freakin idiots on their toes and keep people from being harassed unnecessarily or at least cut down on it dramatically
Comment by The Gaschamber on January 18, 2012 at 6:15pm
F#*k dat , controlled movement is what it is !!! free but not so free!!!
Comment by George on January 18, 2012 at 4:26pm
I guess if i had a small penis Id be worried about invasion of privacy
Comment by LyNcH LyRiCaL AssAsiNz BoSToN on January 18, 2012 at 4:11pm
Im not sure i agree with this .....the whole virtual patdown is invasion of 1's privacy
Comment by Mishka on January 18, 2012 at 2:23pm
it should only be used in cases where its ABSOLUTELY necessary but just virtually scanning random ppl walking down the street is a VIOLATION.
Comment by Mishka on January 18, 2012 at 2:18pm
mixed feelings!! on one hand im for it cus THE KILLING HAS TO STOP on the other hand I truly dont believe the police would use this in a justified manner
soooooooooo I rule against it!

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