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NYPD is testing a virtual pat down device

NYPD made public that they ar testing a virtual pat down device using technology that detects terahertz, which is the natural energy people and inanimate objects emit. Once something obstructs the radiation, like a concealed weapon, the device "highlights" that object so it is in clear view.

The scanners are worrying individuals who believe this technology violates their Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The gun scanning technology will help lessen the need for NYPD's use of Stop and Frisk procedures that allowed officers to stop New Yorkers for random street interrogations or searches. In 2011, about 600,000-plus New Yorkers were stopped.

If authorized to carry the person would not be detained. If illegal then they would be detained and the gun taken off the street.

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  • Jan 29 2013: So an officer supposedly needs a warrant to search my home but they can stop me on the street on a whim and handle my body even if I've done nothing? That alone is a clear violation of the 4th ammendment. As far as carrying weapons on the street goes, that is protected by the second ammendment and those carrying on NY streets are in compliance with the highest law in the land. The cops do not have the right to search anyone in any way without a warrant or probable cause
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      Jan 30 2013: There appears to be a Stop and Frisk rule ... if this is not leagal over 600,000 New Yorkers have missed a chance to complain.

      So ... you are for it ... right?
      • Jan 30 2013: It is obviously unconstitutional regardless of what the sheep in NY do. It amazes me if no one has taken this to court yet.
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          Jan 30 2013: Robert ... you beat a dead horse. It must not be "obviously unconstitutional" and further what makes you think that this has not been challenged and upheld. Do you for one minute believe that the ACLU would not have been on it like stink on droppings if it had a glimer of a case. Even the "sheep" of New York are as aware of the law as the place you fail to post in your bio.

          This will cut a substantial number of the 600,000 stop and frisks conducted and help to remove guns and real and potential law breakers from the streets.

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