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Posted: 2/19/2006 12:08:04 PM EDT
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Houston eyes cameras at apartment complexes

By PAM EASTON
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HOUSTON -- Houston's police chief on Wednesday proposed placing surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets, shopping malls and even private homes to fight crime during a shortage of police officers.

"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.

Houston is facing a severe police shortage because of too many retirements and too few recruits, and the city has absorbed 150,000 hurricane evacuees who are filling apartment complexes in crime-ridden neighborhoods. The City Council is considering a public safety tax to pay for more officers.

Building permits should require malls and large apartment complexes to install surveillance cameras, Hurtt said. And if a homeowner requires repeated police response, it is reasonable to require camera surveillance of the property, he said.

Scott Henson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Police Accountability Project in Texas, called Hurtt's building-permit proposal "radical and extreme" and said it may violate the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches.

Andy Teas with the Houston Apartment Association said that although some would consider cameras an invasion of privacy, "I think a lot of people would appreciate the thought of extra eyes looking out for them."

Such cameras are costly, Houston Mayor Bill White said, "but on the other hand we spend an awful lot for patrol presence." He called the chief's proposal a "brainstorm" rather than a decision.

The program would require City Council approval.

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Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:16:10 PM EDT
Like that will never be abused
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:19:14 PM EDT
One of the reasons I am moving out is the amount of illegal activity occurring at my apartment complex, I am moving out though I am tired of complaining to the condo board or the cops.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 12:28:13 PM EDT
If I want a camera on my property, I'll install one myself. I'll be damned in someone forces me to.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:26:22 PM EDT
Well chief you going to get the first one installed ?


You couldn't have anything to hide right?


Oh uncomfortable with that???! So STFU
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:29:17 PM EDT
1984
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:35:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:
1984



Obviously a reference the Huston Police Chief wouldn't be familiar with.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 2:37:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By banthony1:
"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.




*snicker*
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