Downtown Mall Safety Still In Question

By: Hailey Frances
By: Hailey Frances

July 28, 2007

The proposal of surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall has been a hot topic ever since the recent attacks started in downtown Charlottesville.

Most visitors of the Downtown Mall said they know about the attacks, the proposed cameras, and all the hype, but they're just not too worried about it.

"I mean sometimes things just happen. It's dangerous wherever you go, it's just about time and place," said Troy Stephens.

Friday, the Rutherford Institute issued a statement saying that those cameras would be an invasion of privacy, even if it's to fight crime.

Charlottesville City Council responded to the Rutherford Institute claims.

"When local governments have the ability to track the time, date and location of each individual's movement, this has a substantial chilling effect on individuals seeking to exercise their cherished first amendment rights."

The Rutherford Institute says they want City Council to study the effect of surveillance systems. They also say that good community policing along with investigations based on probable cause work best against crime.

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