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Civilian Watchdog Opening Investigation of Seattle Police Over Social Media Monitoring

by Ansel Herz Police illegally purchased Geofeedia social media monitoring software two years ago, we reported yesterday. Twin Design / Office of Professional Accountability Director Pierce Murphy—the SPD's semi-independent civilian watchdog—announced this morning: On September 28, 2016 a news story published by The Stranger contained information indicating the Seattle Police Department (SPD) had purchased a software product called Geofeedia in direct violation of a provision of the Seattle Municipal Code requiring City Council approval before any City Department acquires surveillance equipment.
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