Privacy SOS

Bloomberg loves video surveillance, but not when it monitors the police

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(Start the above video at 54:30 to see Bloomberg and Kelly speak; they were about an hour late.)

During today's press conference about the federal court ruling on the unconstitutionality of the NYPD stop and frisk policy, a reporter asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg about whether or not some of the abuse that led to the suit could be avoided if the police wore bodycams on their uniforms, as is done in some other cities.

Mayor Bloomberg said (I'm paraphrasing here) that bodycams were a bad idea because the cops could turn their bodies and then people would get upset and say the police were obstructing justice. That's odd, because Mayor Bloomberg seems to really love video surveillance when it is directed at the public.

I suppose video surveillance is good for the goose but not for the gander.

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