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    One cop is leaving his mic on lol
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    who's mike
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    Watch the damn mic! Idiot.
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    aren't we hinging their operation by doing this
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    WATCH THE DAMN MIC! Christ!

    "Okay that was accidental"....no excuse
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    (Original post by AlexandrTheGreat)
    Watch the damn mic! Idiot.
    what does that mean i thought we could listen to them anyway
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    (Original post by pjm600)
    I'm aware, the PD could force UStream to take all of them offline. They mentioned shutting down a "downlink", I don't know what that is.
    They're not talking about the scanners; "downlink" apparently refers to video feed from one of the choppers. I doubt that, after many hours, they're just finding out about the scanner.

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    what does that mean i thought we could listen to them anyway
    An open mic is one that's transmitting - so when they say "watch your mic", they're making officers aware that theirs are transmitting, and it interferes with communication.
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    (Original post by Cll_ws)
    WATCH THE DAMN MIC! Christ!

    "Okay that was accidental"....no excuse
    i dont understand
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    (Original post by pjm600)
    I'm aware, the PD could force UStream to take all of them offline.
    They'd need a court order if Ustream is unwilling to comply.

    They mentioned shutting down a "downlink", I don't know what that is.
    I can't think of any technical means they'd have at their disposal. Maybe if the NSA is willing to jump in and help, but otherwise I don't see a huge problem with broadcasting this. It's not as though the suspect can actually do anything with the information.

    Not like the Munich Olympic terrorists watching the German police closing in on the television.
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    I hope they get him alive..
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    (Original post by iamgreatness)
    what does that mean i thought we could listen to them anyway
    It means a radio was left transmitting
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    (Original post by iamgreatness)
    what does that mean i thought we could listen to them anyway
    I think he was either leaving the mic on (you have to press a button to talk, so he was pressing this by accident) or he was pressing his distress signal button.
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    I doubt the dude is on an ipad right now tbh.
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    (Original post by pinda.college)
    I hope they get him alive..
    why
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    (Original post by iamgreatness)
    yes
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    apparently he might be dead
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    (Original post by AlexandrTheGreat)
    They'd need a court order if Ustream is unwilling to comply.



    I can't think of any technical means they'd have at their disposal. Maybe if the NSA is willing to jump in and help, but otherwise I don't see a huge problem with broadcasting this. It's not as though the suspect can actually do anything with the information.

    Not like the Munich Olympic terrorists watching the German police closing in on the television.
    Could they arrest for obstruction? Or at least threaten with arrest to make them take down the feeds. I don't know, it does seem unlikely.

    I presume they don't want the suspect to know when they're going in, so he doesn't blow himself up.
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    (Original post by iamgreatness)
    why
    Answers. Clues to his origins and training. Stuff like that.
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    (Original post by pjm600)
    Could they arrest for obstruction? Or at least threaten with arrest to make them take down the feeds. I don't know, it does seem unlikely.
    My understanding is that it's not actually breaking any laws. The police in the US are broadcasting unencrypted, and scanners are entirely legal. Equally, the 1st Amendment provides a very strong presumption against the police being able to shut this down.

    Nixon couldn't even get a court order against publication by the New York Times of the Pentagon Papers, despite the fact that they were Top Secret and stolen.

    I presume they don't want the suspect to know when they're going in, so he doesn't blow himself up.
    We're not hearing SWAT or FBI radios. They operate on encrypted frequencies. This is just the BPD beat cops.
 
 
 
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