Sacramento Sheriff releases bodycam video; ShotSpotter technology used in arrest of juvenile suspect on gun charges

Today the Sacramento Sheriff's Department posted on social media a deputy sheriff's bodycam video of an incident stemming from the deployment of the ShotSpotter technology.

The incident happened on Monday, February 1, when deputy sheriffs responded to an 8 and 9-round ShotSpotter activation. The responding deputy sheriff's and gang detectives were familiar with the identified location on the 6000 block of Brett Drive in North Highlands.

The suspect, a 17-year old, was identified and arrested after a short foot pursuit. The detectives found a vehicle associated with the juvenile and located a Glock .45 caliber handgun, magazines, and expended rounds matching the spent casings matching the activation.

Praised by many, ShotSpotter acoustically identifies gunshots and notifies in real-time law enforcement of the activity.  Critics have questioned its reliability, pointing to studies in other cities that dispatch of officers are often dead ends while groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have expressed concern over privacy and surveillance. 

There have also been concerns about the transparency of the program in the City of Sacramento and Sacramento County. In a report by Sacramento's ABC News10, the Sacramento Sheriff's Department did not respond to a battery of questions on the technology and its use by the agency.

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