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Mon Jan 15 2007 (Updated 01/18/07)
Police Commission Hearing on Government Surveillance
Mon Jan 15 2007 (Updated 01/18/07)
New Surveillance Cameras Proposed for 16th & Mission and 7 Other SF Locations
1/18/2007: San Francisco's Police Commission held a hearing about government surveillance on Wednesday January 17th. The Police Commission voted unanimously to approve the installation of cameras because it says that “the community wants them.” The ACLU of Northern California encouraged concerned community members to testify that "the community wants REAL solutions, not empty political gestures that put our civil liberties at risk."

1/15/2007: ACLU-NC says that the expanded video surveillance program should be rejected because cameras do not reduce crime, cameras threaten privacy and free speech rights as the government is allowed to track what people are doing and where they are going, and lastly, that cameras are expensive. ACLU-NC suggests that the funds proposed for the surveillance cameras could be better spent on more effective crime-reduction measures such as increased foot patrols, community policing, or better lighting. The hearing on January 17th will take place in SF City Hall, Room 400, at 5:30pm. Flyer ACLU-NC is asking for people to let them know that they will be attending. Organizations such as the SF Surveillance Camera Players have in the past conducted tours of cameras in the city.

ACLU-NC's Video Surveillance Page | Surveillance Camera Players | SF SCP | Beyond Chron: Residents Support Security Cameras – But Will they Work?

Previous Surveillance Camera Activism On Indybay:
May 2006: Public Space in Santa Cruz and the Surveillance Camera Walking Tour 1 | 2
February 2006: International day Against Video Surveillance
2005: Surveillance Camera Players on CNN
2002: Criminalizing Direct Action against surveillance cameras | Surveillance Cameras in SF
2001: Surveillance Camera Players in San Francisco | Surveillance cameras in SF/Bay Area
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