Incident 256: DUI Arrest Case Allegedly Based Only on ShotSpotter's Alert

Description: A car stop resulting in a DUI arrest of its driver was allegedly based solely on a ShotSpotter alert, the reliability of which came into question by public defenders, who subpoenaed the company to assess its gunshot alert system.


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Alleged: ShotSpotter developed an AI system deployed by Chicago Police Department, which harmed Chicago drivers.

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ShotSpotter held in contempt of court · 2022

On Friday, an attorney representing ShotSpotter, a gunshot-detection technology company, made the unusual request that a judge in a criminal case hold the company in contempt of court to prevent ShotSpotter from being compelled to release d…


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