Longo still pushing for Mall cameras
The DP reports that Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo has sent a letter to Downtown Business Association members asking for their support ahead of Monday's Council meeting, when he'll once again ask for $300,000 to have 30 surveillance cameras installed in an around the Mall. Last time Longo made the request, over the summer, Councilors Taliaferro and Hamilton supported the idea, while Lynch, Brown and Norris did not. At the time, Longo sought to address concerns about a crime problem in the Mall area. But is there a crime problem in the Mall area? Check out this crime data and decide for yourself.
Longo says he wants the cameras installed to catch crooks, but could they also be used to monitor cops? The plan calls for 10 cameras on Water Street, where a recently alleged case of police brutality took place. So, how might the cameras be used in a case like that? Would the public have access to the cameras to monitor the police?