Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Turning surveillance over to private contractors

No, not in Iraq. In Milwaukee. Surveillance cameras on National Ave. will be funded by Badger Mutual Insurance Co.; Roundy's will pay for signage. Roundy's also will help monitor video captured by the cameras, according to Ald. Bob Donovan.

Yes, sidewalks are public property and filming is allowed. But these security cameras and their operators are involved in what is essentially policing activity. So here's hoping there are good background checks on these Roundy's folks and a good training program and a real protocol on what they should do when they believe the see a crime, and what they absolutely should not do.

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