At least 50 local law enforcement agencies—and the United States Marshals—have acquired a type of handheld radar that allows cops to scan through walls to detect a human target.
According to a Tuesday report by USA Today, a New York-based company called L-3 Communications has sold about 200 of its Range-R devices “to 50 law enforcement agencies at a cost of about $6,000 each.” L-3 did not respond to Ars’ request for comment on Tuesday evening. The company, which primarily sells to governments, has profited over $4.3 billion between 2009 and 2013 alone.
A cursory search of federal spending shows that the US Marshals have also spent over $52,000 on the devices since March 2012, with the most recent purchase being nearly $6,000 in September 2014.
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