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Records show D.C. Police used an LRAD sound cannon to "direct crowd flow" during the Women's March

Records show D.C. Police used an LRAD sound cannon to “direct crowd flow” during the Women’s March

Records released last week show D.C. Metropolitan Police Department employed a Long Range Acoustic Device during the Women’s March to “direct the crowd flow.” This is the latest evidence of an worrying trend in which police departments are increasingly using the incredibly powerful LRAD to deal with non-violent protests at the risk of causing permanent hearing loss.

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Were police snooping on Women's March protesters' cellphones? Too many departments won't say

Were police snooping on Women’s March protesters’ cellphones? Too many departments won’t say

Attend any of the protests over inauguration weekend? Wondering if your phone was surveilled doing so? Unfortunately, with law enforcement’s continued silence about cell site simulators use, it’s almost impossible to know.

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