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Submission + - New Orleans mayor tries to end video surveillance (nola.com)

wwphx writes: "In seven years, New Orleans' crime camera program has yielded six indictments: three for crimes caught on video and three for bribes and kickbacks a vendor is accused of paying a former city official to sell the cameras to City Hall." On October 14, Mayor Mitch Landrieu "announced his proposal to scratch the program from the city budget. The budget requires City Council approval." No word on whether or not the 2011 budget has been approved.

In 2004, it was claimed that a test deployment of the cameras resulted in a 57% reduction in murders in a public housing development, turns out the sample size was ridiculously skewed. It's nice to see a major municipality abandon them, it would be fantastic to see somewhere like London dump 'em. They say that in London you will be photographed over 200 times a day on surveillance cameras.

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