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City OKs upgrade of downtown video system

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- At Tuesday night’s meeting City Council appropriated about 33 thousand dollars for the Wilmington Police Department to enhance the downtown camera system.

Police can't be everywhere and the camera system lets officers monitor the downtown area for trouble and resolve conflicts.

Chief Evangelous says the money will allow the police to get the most from the video system.

“We're going to upgrade the back bone and put a mesh Wi Fi system in place that each camera will run independently, that is phase one,” Chief Evangelous said. “Phase two we will reposition cameras and add some cameras, and turn on the analytics that allow us to use the system to its fullest capacity.”

The Chief said the city will likely continue to add to the video system.

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Yesterday people were disagreeing with me about taking DNA samples as part of the identification process. They claimed violation of their 4th amendment rights.
How do we feel about these camera's down town?
It would help in arrests and augment the Police department.
But they will monitor everyone without permission
Jaywalkers, litterers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and yes ordinary law abiding citizens.
All being monitored.........are we outraged by this?
At least with the DNA sampling you are suspected or actually accused of something.
This monitoring requires no crime to be committed nor suspicion of such crime.
Just like the red light camera's at certain intersections.

Vog

No expectation of privacy in public

There is absolutely no expectation of privacy when one is in public. Anybody can film anyone out in public.

It still feels like big

It still feels like big brother.

Guest2020

It gets worse.
Today we find that thanks to the Patriot Act and it's amendments company's like Verizon are giving our records to the NSA. Other company's included yahoo, AOL, YouTube and others?
And we worry about lists of gun owners or CWP holders?
I'm sure they already know.

Vog