streetlight cameras

A small Oregon town can’t afford police officers at night, so the city council approved a proposal to install security cameras manned by volunteers.
The idea has sparked condemnation from civil-rights advocates who have raised concerns about racial profiling.
One town official said the volunteers would be able to identify “hardcore criminals” just by looking at them.
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A small Oregon town that can’t afford to employ police officers for night shifts plans to install security cameras and recruit a group of volunteers to man them.

Cave Junction’s city council voted unanimously last month to install eight cameras on streetlights and give a local group access to the live feeds. The proposal still needs final approval from Josephine County officials.

The idea has sparked condemnation from civil-rights advocates who have raised concerns about racial profiling — especially after one town official said the volunteers would be able to identify “hardcore criminals” just by looking at them.

“They can identify by the way that they dress, because they have a certain apparel that they wear all the time, the way that they walk, sometimes they carry certain things with them all the time — it could be something as simple as a skateboard,” Rebecca Patton, Cave Junction’s city recorder, told Jefferson Public Radio. “But they have learned to identify these people very quickly and then they know how to respond.”

Patton added that the volunteers will not receive formal training but that she might implement “some sort of background check” before giving them access to the live feeds.

One local group tweeted, “Civil rights violation incoming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…”

CJ Patrol, the group that will receive the access if county officials approve the measure, bills itself as a “private citizen volunteer organization” focusing on property crimes in the area.

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