Rich Stanek's $426,150 grant request for KingFish phone tracker wins county's OK
Tabling concerns about privacy and overreach for the time being, the Hennepin County Board last night gave Sheriff Rich Stanek the green light to apply for a $426,150 federal grant that will allow his department to buy a cell phone tracking system called KingFish.
According to county documents, KingFish "can receive information from all mobile phones that are powered on within a predetermined radius. This allows investigators to gain mobile phone intelligence regarding suspects involved in criminal activity."
The board has turned down Stanek's request twice before, prompting strong reaction from Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies Association:
Certain members of the Hennepin County Board have a history of failing to provide adequate support and funding to its own law enforcement in the Sheriff's Office. Far too often the focus is on the urban district of Minneapolis and ignores the needs of the suburban areas of the county. ... The program will respect current Constitutional law and will require a warrant and not constitute random searches. We contest the idea of this being "big brother". We can establish proper procedures to ensure the integrity of the program at the onset.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Nicole Curtis hates 'affordable housing' that replaced south Minneapolis homes
- Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau will keep her job, but not without critics
- Minnetonka Schools remain oddly silent after teen assaults Chris Carr's daughter
- Luke McAvoy, ex-Minnesota football player, comes out in powerful essay