//Baltimore civil rights teams oppose aerial surveillance pilot program

Baltimore civil rights teams oppose aerial surveillance pilot program

Civil rights teams in Baltimore voiced their opposition to a pilot program introduced by the police division Friday that may contain three surveillance planes flying over town in an effort to stem violent crime.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Coalition for Justice, Security and Jobs issued a joint assertion that stated this system is a “fateful step” that can “impact the privacy rights of Black and Brown residents for generations to come.”

The assertion stated the airplanes would put each Baltimore resident beneath everlasting surveillance.

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City solicitor Andre Davis, left, listens as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, right, announces support for a pilot program that uses surveillance planes over the city to combat crime on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Metropolis solicitor Andre Davis, left, listens as Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, proper, publicizes help for a pilot program that makes use of surveillance planes over town to fight crime on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Solar by way of AP)

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was a earlier skeptic of this system, stated the check (which may last as long as six months) can be “yet another tool” to battle the growing violence within the metropolis.

The planes will accumulate imagery throughout excessive crime hours, with know-how developed by Ohio-based Persistent Surveillance Programs, that can be reviewed by investigators for particular crimes.

Harrison added that police is not going to have entry to dwell feeds.

“We will be the first American city to use this technology in an attempt to solve and deter violent crime,” Harrison stated in a information convention Friday.

The pilot program set to launch in Could 2020 has been controversial because it was secretively tried three years in the past by a unique police commissioner.

Prime officers had been unaware of this system’s use in 2016 till it was reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. Greater than 300 hours of photographs had been captured by the cameras. The photographs had been primarily used to see criminals arriving to and leaving crime scenes.

“In the course of the brief check in 2016, within the equal of two weeks of flying, we watched 5 murders and 18 shootings and offered that data to investigators. We stay up for supporting the folks of Baltimore of their efforts to cut back main crime and we stay up for doing so in a really open and clear approach,” the corporate’s president stated.

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Harrison introduced there can be a sequence of conferences to tell the general public concerning the check and the way it will profit town. The price of this system can be coated by philanthropic funds, not tax {dollars}.

The Related Press contributed to this report.