Surveillance camera controversy discussed
WEST SEATTLE Thursday night the Alki Community Council board discussed the controversial police surveillance cameras. It was not a town hall meeting, but a chance for the board to hear from Seattle police about the cameras.
Last month some people were surprised to see a surveillance camera along Alki Avenue Southwest. KING 5 learned that the camera is one of many going in around Seattle.
Seattle police said the data from the cameras would help them respond to criminal activity. According to SPD, the cameras would be pre-programmed to electronically black out homes and offices. Videos would be stored for one month and no audio would be recorded.
Only supervisors from Seattle police, Seattle fire, and the Department of Transportation would control the cameras, according to Detective Monty Moss with the SPD Special Operations Unit.
Police hope to start testing the cameras next month. They are waiting for regulations to be developed and the okay from Mayor Mike McGinn.
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