ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 22, 2018) – The St. Louis City Board of Alderman will consider a local ordinance that would the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.
A group of aldermen and activists announced the proposed ordinance during a press conference earlier this month. The proposed law would require government agencies to get Board of Alderman approval before purchasing or using surveillance technology. The proposed ordinance would also require accountability reports for installation and continued use of any surveillance equipment.
“This could not come at a more important time,” Alderwoman Cara Spencer said during the press conference. “As we start to implement mechanisms of surveillance, we have got to make sure that we are safeguarding the public and their rights to their own privacy.”
According to a report in the Riverfront Times, police already operate more than 500 surveillance cameras throughout the city.
“The city launched the Real Time Crime Center in May 2015, allowing for police to monitor activity throughout the city in, yes, real time via surveillance cameras, including
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