$31.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Wed Aug 23 2006 (Updated 08/24/06)Fresno Video Surveillance Project Gets Final Approval from City Council
Wed Aug 23 2006 (Updated 08/24/06)Project criticized for lack of civil liberties protection for citizens
The Fresno City Council approved the start of a massive police video surveillance project at their Tuesday, August 22 meeting. The last hurdle to approve this project was the acceptance, by the City Council, of a policy manual to regulate the use of the cameras.
While much of the policy manual came from The Constitution Project and was protective of civil liberties, there were several key elements of the manual that community members strenuously objected to. Public concern about the policy manual focused on several issues. The issue that raised the greatest concern was the section that stated the FPD would monitor political demonstrations. The policy manual states that “Demonstrations or rallies of any kind may be actively monitored only for potential criminal activities or crowd management.” Proponents of civil liberties believe it woul have a ...'chilling effect on civic participation.” The presence of police cameras at political demonstrations would be intimidating to participants, which creates a form of “thought control.”
Another concern about the policy manual, was that it gives the FPD the ability to follow people (track them) around town with the video cameras without getting a warrant. Currently, if the police want to follow an individual around town, they need to go to a judge and show probable cause for the survillence. This judicial review is intended to provide protection to citizens from over zealous police. The language in the policy manual is “articulable reasonable suspicion”, which provides no judicial oversight.
August 15th, 2006 | June 22nd, 2006 | June 21st, 2006 | June 15th, 2006, Part 1 | June 15th, 2006, Part 2 | May 24th, 2006
Big Oil Lobbyist Backs 'Well-Designed' California Carbon Trading Program Monday Jan 16th 10:02 AM
Teamsters Local 2010 Initiates Mass Walkout and Strikes at University of California Thursday Jan 12th 6:44 PM
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox From 8,000-acre Grapevine Development Saturday Jan 7th 5:16 PM
Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking's Threats to Public Land in California Thursday Jan 5th 3:57 PM
Obama Administration Orders Speedy Completion of Delta Tunnels Plan (1 comment) Thursday Jan 5th 10:49 AM
Inauguration Day protests organized against fascist pig President-elect Donald J. Trump Thursday Jan 5th 4:11 AM
Lets's Make Sure We All Make it Home Wednesday Jan 4th 7:06 PMMore Local News...
[ × close ]
Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking Saturday Oct 29th 3:29 AM
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 31st 8:28 PM
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AM
Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday Friday May 20th 4:37 AM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry Thursday Apr 14th 3:32 PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells Tuesday Mar 22nd 7:40 PMMore Global News...
[ × close ]
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PM
Victim of Identity Theft Tells Her Story Thursday Oct 27th 12:16 AM
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Thursday Apr 14th 12:17 PM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno Wednesday Mar 23rd 8:28 PM
Central Valley Diabetes Self-Management Program celebrates National Nutrition Month Thursday Mar 17th 10:53 AM
Stockton, California and Asaba, Nigeria poised to help lead a New Era of Sister Cities Monday Mar 14th 12:07 PMOpen Newswire...
[ × close ]