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ACLU: Chicago Police cameras invade privacy

The Illinois chapter of the ACLU has released a report stating that the Chicago Police Department’s blue light cameras are “a pervasive and unregulated threat to our privacy.” In the report, the ACLU calls for a moratorium on the placement of any new cameras.

The CPD disagrees, however, releasing a statement claiming that the cameras have helped solve over 4,500 crimes and deterred countless others. In addition, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications states “the cameras supplement the work of police personnel in the field, and save local taxpayers money by freeing up police resources to protect other areas not covered by surveillance cameras.”

What do you think – are the cameras a necessary tool to assist the CPD protect our streets, or a violation of privacy? Let us know by voting in our latest poll and submitting your comments.

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