advocates don’t like wireless devices police will use Aug. 16 along
the 16-mile stretch of the Woodward Dream Cruise classic car event,
which passes through nine communities in the area.
remote-controlled surveillance cameras have been set up to transmit
live video images of Detroit’s crowd and traffic conditions to handheld
and laptop computers carried by cops.
the first time surveillance cameras have been set up on such a wide
scale to send live pictures to devices that police officers can
carry in their pockets or set up on the front seat of a squad car,
according to GigaTrans, the Detroit-based wireless Internet company
providing the network, the Detroit Free Press reported.
police officer walking the route can radio headquarters and have
a live video image streamed to his handheld PC. Officials monitoring
the feeds at a command center can instantly transmit pictures as
officers are dispatched to check it out. A split screen can show
all six cameras at the same time to provide pinpoint directions
on where traffic or crowd problems are occurring.
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says it smacks of Big
is very problematic," ACLU spokesperson Wendy Wagenheim told
the newspaper. "When the police can read a paper over your
shoulder and you don't even know it, I think some alarms should
say they need all the help they can get, mostly because the area
is expecting more than 1.7 million spectators.