After some public outcry, the mayor's people walked back the 3AM thing. And they said they weren't interested in doing the interior cameras. But it turns out, today, they're still working on getting that to happen.
Landrieu said his administration is working with the City Council to write legislation that would require bars to install surveillance cameras that will feed into the center.Nice of LaToya to throw in her two cents there. Just so we know what side she's on. Not that we had much doubt from the beginning.
“It’s better and better than I ever imagined,” said Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell. “This is the right step in the right direction at the right time.”
The department won’t specify where the cameras will be located, but said they would be stationed first in high-traffic areas and crime hot spots.LaToya is exactly the sort of bullying simple thinker who shouldn't be anywhere near police powers. But even our supposed liberals are pretty fascist these days so it's no surprise we elected her mayor. Anyway the surveillance state is "better than she could have imagined."
“Crime is out of control, shootings are up,” said Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. “We need to be proactive in terms of catching criminals and deterring crime.”
Cantrell stresses that the readers are not for profiling or harassing people on the street, but for tracking vehicles used in crimes.
“It has nothing to do with profiling at all,” she said. “It doesn’t show you who’s in the vehicle, what they’re wearing, their skin color. It’s totally focused on that license plate as well as the make and model of the car.”
Cantrell said it will be a tool in the crime-fighting arsenal that the city so badly needs.
“My constituents are saying that crime is their number one issue. They not only want to feel safe, they want to be safe.”
Meanwhile, speaking of keeping the public under constant uncomfortable surveillance, this came out during today's press conference.
Cantrell will evaluate traffic camera system during transition period.— The_GambitLIVE (@The_GambitLIVE) November 21, 2017
Well that's different. Just a few days ago, she was a definite "Y" on dumping the cameras altogether. Wonder what happened.
LaToya and traffic cameras has been a long and interesting saga. It's pretty funny that she spent so much time talking about her vast "experience" in city government when it turns out her experience as a camera opponent only began when the campaign kicked off. Also, even at that point, nobody on the campaign, including the candidate seemed to know what their actual position was.
On Tuesday evening (July 18), Cantrell delivered a wide-ranging speech on her platform as one of 18 mayoral candidates. Here's what the City Councilwoman said in that speech.
"We don't know if traffic cameras are making our streets safer," Cantrell said. "As your mayor, I will suspend the use of the cameras until it can be proven that they actually work as intended."
But then, The Advocate reported that Cantrell said after the speech she only wanted to suspend part of the traffic camera program. Mayor Mitch Landrieu expanded enforcement by 50 cameras earlier this year.
The significance of that statement apparently hadn't become apparent to her campaign, however, because spokesman David Winkler-Schmit on Wednesday morning spoke to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune about how the program's suspension could affect the budget. Tickets issued through traffic cameras are projected to generate about $24 million for the city this year.
During the debates she was adamant in saying the city's estimate of $24 million in traffic camera revenue is wrong. Is she going to "evaluate" that again now too? When she does that, will she take into account the contributions of camera contractor American Traffic Solutions to her campaign? If she does that would be incredibly disappointing. I mean, Boysie Bollinger and Leslie Jacobs put together a whole PAC to warn us that the other candidate was the corrupt one. You don't think they were being less than up front with us about that, do you? Why would they do that?