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Mayor defends, critics denounce police use of secret cellphone surveillance tool

Mayor defends, critics denounce police use of secret cellphone surveillance tool

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday defended the widespread use of a cellphone surveillance device that sweeps up phone signals, echoing the Baltimore Police Department's stance that it's used to track criminals and limited in the type of data it collects. Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, said the mayor was aware of the program and supports it as an "effective tool" that has proved useful for police departments across the country. Nonetheless, Harris said, the mayor is open to discussing ways to make the program more transparent. "If there is a way to bring more transparency into this program without undermining it, she would work with any...

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