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The Californian city of Lancaster will be the first to experience a “new era in law enforcement surveillance” with residents set to be watched by a permanent eye in the sky which will beam constant video footage back to police headquarters including crimes in progress as well as “scenes of mundane day-to-day life.”
“About a few hours into its maiden flight Friday, the plane’s video feed captured its first incident: a motorcycle rider who had crashed at 20th Street East and Avenue K. Using the video, deputies in the dispatch were able to help paramedics assess the situation before they got to the scene. Later, the department got word that a group fight was brewing at Eastside High School. The plane moved into position and conducted surveillance above the campus. No fight occurred,” reports the L.A. Times. According to a report by ABC 7, the camera can zoom in to a person walking down the street from three miles away. The system also has a 5 second response time, meaning it can swiftly pinpoint a car and track its movements indefinitely.
Despite claims that the surveillance system will only target crimes in progress, officials admit that the video footage will be stored for two years and can be reviewed in case a crime or suspect was “unwittingly” captured on camera.
Originally posted by IanPaul
So footage will be stored for "2 years"... And will be used in a case where someone was unknowingly caught on camera breaking the law...
Originally posted by Aliensun
reply to post by IanPaul
Answer, they will be be using the plane(s) for tracking mere suspects, not spotting crime as such. Perhaps they will be used for the same purpose as the vans that simply are driven around automatically logging car license plates into a data base. Whatever their justification, it is another assault on privacy.