Police request Amazon Ring BLM protest footage
Occurred: February 2021
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) came under fire from digital rights non-profit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for asking users of Amazon's Ring smart home system for camera footage from the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests that took place across the US in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
The results of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the EFF had sent to the LAPD suggests the heavily redacted email request made no mention of any specific crime the LAPD may have been pursuing, only that the police wanted footage of an unspecified 'incident' related to a protest.
Per the BBC, Amazon requires that any requests from police include a valid case number for an active investigation, and details of the incident. Such requests can only be made if the purpose is to 'identify individuals responsible for theft, property damage, and physical injury'.
Published: January 2023