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    Controversial tech at center of arrest of suspect in 4 SoCal murders

    On Saturday, officials announced the arrest of 33-year-old Jerrid Powell, a convicted felon suspected of murdering four SoCal men in a four-day span. They credited cutting-edge security technology used by Beverly Hills Police, which includes some 2,400 cameras, 24/7 monitoring, a drone and 50 automated license plate readers or “ALPRs.”

    “The suspect vehicle entered our city, the ALPR alerted the Real Time Watch Center, and between the great job of our dispatchers and our virtual patrol officers, they were able to direct officers to where the vehicle was,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said at Saturday’s briefing.

    Suspect allegedly killed 4 people over 4 days

    RELATED: Jerrid Joseph Powell was arrested in Beverly Hills in connection with a fatal follow-home robbery in San Dimas. Now, officials say he’s the same man wanted for killing three homeless men across Los Angeles.

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    Khan said that cases like Powell’s are usually outliers, and that vast security networks like the BHPD’s ultimately do more harm than good.

    “I think that we have to really look at it in the broader context of: ‘at what cost and what kind of harm is it causing in the long run,’” Khan said.

    “The combined efforts of sworn police officers and civilian staff, fueled by the integration of cutting-edge technology, exemplify a modern approach to policing. This synergy not only enhances operational efficiency, but also highlights BHPD’s commitment to public safety by leveraging innovation to stay ahead of evolving challenges, and ensuring a proactive and responsive approach to law enforcement. In addition, the use of this technology has allowed BHPD to assist federal and other state agencies with criminal investigations,” the release said.

    “The safety net of what technology can provide us today for safer communities is critical,” Moore said. “Had they not had access to those tools, this individual, I am convinced, would still be moving about the city and the region and killing individuals, innocent individuals, helpless individuals.” 


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