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Sources: St. Paul Mayor Carter met privately with ShotSpotter CEO

Updated: December 12, 2019 10:19 PM

Multiple sources told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter held a private meeting Thursday at City Hall with ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark.

Sources said Clark also met with St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell and about two dozen members of the African American Leadership Council before flying back to California late Thursday afternoon.

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St. Paul City Council approves 2020 budget with split vote

Mayor Carter opposed spending money on ShotSpotter in his 2020 budget, and it was not included in the $636 million budget the St. Paul City Council passed on Thursday.

No one from the mayor's office has commented on the content of the meeting between Carter and Clark, and it's not yet clear if it is a sign the mayor is reconsidering his position on the use of SpotShotter.

SpotShotter is used by more than 100 cities, including Minneapolis, as a computer software program that identifies precise locations of gunshots and gives police officers a chance at quicker response times to those shootings.

Emails show St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says 'no' to ShotSpotter technology

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