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ACLU Questions Dayton Police's License-Plate Readers

August 24, 2009  | 

The Dayton (Ohio) Police Department has begun using license-plate readers to help identify stolen cars, respond to missing children alerts, and pick up people with outstanding arrest warrants, the Dayton Daily News reports.

The readers were purchased using a homeland security grant and have drawn criticism from the Ohio chapter of the ACLU, who is making the claim that they "may actually enhance racial profiling."

The license-plate reader system was produced by ELSAG, and is shown in action during a video demonstration produced by the newspaper.

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