The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Baltimore Police:
Using Technology for Reactionary Purposes

Nov 14, 2016

Anything you post on social media can and will be used against you.

During the protests against the murder of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore police hired a private contractor, Geofeedia, to monitor posts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They looked for posts saying people were going to the protests, and found photos of those people. The police then checked those photos against all the photos the state has–drivers’ licenses, mug shots, and the FBI’s database–to try and find people with outstanding warrants. All so the cops could “arrest them directly from the crowd.”

This technology could be a boon to humanity. But in the hands of these thugs it’s just another tool to squelch protests and protect killer cops from the population’s anger.