ACLU Calls on RI Cities to Halt License Plate Reader Program, Citing Privacy and Oversight Concerns

The ACLU of Rhode Island on Tuesday called on the city councils in Cranston, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket to direct their respective police departments to halt the use of automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology leased from the company Flock Safety.

According to the Cranston Police, the program was recently utilized in the pursuit — and ultimate arrests — of two individuals following violent assaults.