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Archive for Monday, September 17, 2012

Forum set for Tuesday on downtown cameras

September 17, 2012

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The idea of placing police-operated surveillance cameras in Downtown Lawrence will be the topic of a public forum Tuesday evening.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib, members of the American Civil Liberties Union and a Kansas University sociology professor are scheduled to participate in a forum at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the former Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets.

The Lawrence City Commission in June agreed to accept a $46,800 grant to purchase cameras for the downtown area, but commissioners said they wanted a detailed policy in place before the cameras were installed.

Khatib previously has said the two to three cameras likely would be monitored during large events such as parades and community celebrations downtown. He also hopes eventually to have a system in place that would allow footage to be recorded and kept for about 48 hours in order for officers to review the tapes, if needed as part of an investigation.

Tuesday’s event is expected to give members of the public a chance to ask questions about the proposed camera program.

Comments

patkindle 2 years ago

BRING THEM ON. IT SHOULD MAKE THE FOLKS THAT DONT BEHAVE , BEHAVE

TELL THE ACLU TO GO TO TOPEKA AND PROTECT PHELPS THATS THEIR SPEED

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jhawkinsf 2 years ago

Call that princess lady in England and ask her how she feels about cameras.

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pti3 2 years ago

One significant correction - the City Commission has not approved cameras downtown. They put off approval because there were a number of residents opposing cameras downtown, however, what they did approve 5-0 was allowing the police chief to apply for the grant, and this was because the grant application had to be in within a couple of weeks. They said that at a later date, they would decide whether or not to approve cameras and there would have to be acceptable regulations they would review, on the use of the cameras. It was briefly asked what other things the money could be used for in case cameras were not approved. So there is still the opportunity to oppose these surveillance cameras if people choose to, and/or decide on regulations to try to limit misuse and unintended bad consequences.

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headdoctor 2 years ago

Wow, Oneeye. You would have been better off picking the screen name of Mikey from the old Malt-O-Meal commercials. Mikey hates everything.

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