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ACLU Bills Would Require Transparency on Police Surveillance [View all]

Source: Associated Press

ACLU Bills Would Require Transparency on Police Surveillance

By BEN NUCKOLS, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Sep 21, 2016, 1:49 PM ET

Bills being introduced in nearly a dozen cities will aim to force police departments to disclose the surveillance technologies they use, the American Civil Liberties Union and other transparency advocates announced Wednesday.

The legislative effort is meant to counter what they call a culture of secrecy surrounding police department surveillance.

"These technologies are invading our public spaces and creating a culture of fear," Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau, said in a statement. "This first wave of legislative efforts being taken today across the country is a critical first step to moving local surveillance out of the shadows, ensuring transparency and accountability, and protecting the civil rights of all Americans."

The cities where bills will be introduced include the District of Columbia; New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Richmond, Virginia; Seattle; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Madison, Wisconsin; Miami Beach, Florida; Muskegon, Michigan; Palo Alto, California; and Pensacola, Florida.

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