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Cities are ending their ShotSpotter contracts, but the sensors themselves are staying

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Chicago and Mobile, Alabama, are cutting ties with ShotSpotter, the controversial gunshot detection company — but the sensors that notify police about shootings probably aren’t going anywhere, according to a new report from Wired and South Side Weekly.

Internal ShotSpotter emails reviewed by Wired and South Side Weekly reveal that the company hasn’t removed its sensors from other cities that have ended their contracts, including San Diego, California, and San Antonio, Texas. Per the report, ShotSpotter doesn’t sell its sensors but instead the software that alerts police that a shooting may have taken place. After a city’s contract with ShotSpotter lapses, the sensors occasionally remain installed. In some instances, police continue…

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