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LAPD Wants You to Watch Your Neighbors for Suspicious Terrorist Activity, ACLU Not Thrilled

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The LAPD has announced the creation of new program called iWatch, something which LAPD Chief William Bratton calls the "21st century version of Neighborhood Watch." Basically, the program encourages residents to identify and report suspicious behaviors and activities that have been known to be used by terrorists.

But the ACLU, which was included in conversations about iWatch before its current initiation, still has concerns. "Of course people should be able to report activity that they think is suspicious, and the LAPD has long maintained a hotline for residents to do so," a statement from the Los Angeles chapter read. "But iWATCH actively encourages people to report a variety of ordinary activities - such as people who are wearing clothes that are too big, or who are drawing buildings, or who are doing something else that could be innocuous. That leads toward racial and religious profiling."