San Francisco police spy on George Floyd protesters


According to internal documents, the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on thousands of Bay Area residents protesting in 2020 against the murder of George Floyd and racist police violence. To conduct its surveillance, the SFPD used a network of more than 300 video cameras in downtown’s Union Square even though the city had passed an ordinance in 2019 that banned SFPD and other city agencies from using facial recognition and requiring them to get approval before using other technologies. Billionaire Chris Larson, who funds the camera network, advocates live surveillance. Activists have filed a lawsuit against the SFPD.

Writer: Hope Williams, Nathan Sheard, and Nestor Reyes
Publication: EFF
Date: 2022-01-13