Cell site simulators were initially used overseas by intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement. Homeland Security agencies including the Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement also now use the devices, as does the Internal Revenue Service.
Although some Maryland agencies have been using cell phone tracking technology for at least a decade, it wasn’t until October 2014 that police in the state were required even to show probable cause to use real-time cell site location information, according to a four-month investigation by Capital News Service.
This is Part One in the series, “Tracking Your Phone" by the Capital News Service. It examines how police use cell phone simulators to track phones, a practice originally designed for the battlefield, veiled in secrecy, and being challenged in court.
Health disparities in Baltimore are about a system that still treats too many residents in the most expensive way possible -- in crisis visits to the emergency room -- rather than keeping people healthy in the community.
In Sandtown, where Freddie Gray lived and the median household income is less than a quarter of Roland Park's, the life expectancy is 70 years. That matches the average life expectancy in North Korea, an impoverished dictatorship where millions suffer from chronic undernourishment, according to the United Nations.
Bon Secours Hospital has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1919, when it was opened by an order of nuns who served middle-class patients from all across the city. But today, few patients are affluent. The hospital, outpatient services and wellness center that compose the system primarily serve neighborhoods including Sandtown-Winchester and Harlem Park, predominantly black neighborhoods made famous in pop culture by TV shows like HBO's "The Wire."