posted on Feb, 19 2006 @ 03:56 PM
Police Chief Harold Hurtt has proposed including surveillance camera installation into certain building permits. The list of proposed inclusions
entails apartment complexes, downtown streets and even private residences. Opposition from the ACLU views the proposal as "radical and extreme"
while the Mayor of Houston, Bill White, sees it as a "brainstorm" rather than a "decision".
HOUSTON Houston's police chief is suggesting putting surveillance cameras in apartment complexes, downtown streets and even private homes.
Chief Harold Hurtt today said it's another way of combatting crime amid a shortage of officers.
Houston is dealing with too many police retirements, too few recruits and a population increase of about 150-thousand hurricane refugees.
Scott Henson with the American Civil Liberties Union calls Hurtt's proposal to require surveillance cameras as part of some building permits --
"radical and extreme."
Houston Mayor Bill White hasn't talked with Hurtt about his idea, but sees it as more of a "brainstorm" than a "decision."
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My question being, "Is increased public and/or private
surveillance truly the answer?"
Houston is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in these United States. Perhaps the answer to sufficient recruiting, patrols and surveillance
lies more with appropriate budgetary and self-proliferation issues rather than blanket implementation "for the good of all", in these dire
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