Minneapolis police plan to invest in surveillance cameras, raises privacy concerns

February 26, 2019 05:34 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department is considering buying surveillance cameras put up last year when the city hosted the Super Bowl. 

Verizon installed 17 cameras around downtown for free and now the company is offering to sell them to the city. 


Police say the cameras help prevent crime.

"Certainly folks are aware that those cameras are out there," Minneapolis Police Commander Scott Gerlicher said. "They are going to be less likely, logic would say, to commit a crime of any type knowing they are potentially being watched on video."

Some have raised privacy concerns, including Minneapolis Council Member Steve Fletcher. 

"Most people at any given time don't want a camera on them," Fletcher said.  "If something bad happens to them, they really want there to have been a camera on them."

RELATED: More surveillance cameras to blanket Minneapolis Super Bowl security zone

The issue could go before the Minneapolis City Council in the next few months.

Minneapolis police already have more than 200 surveillance cameras citywide.

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