More Surveillance Cameras to Blanket Minneapolis Super Bowl Security Zone

December 26, 2017 06:51 AM

A Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson said there will be more security cameras in place for Super Bowl events, but some of those cameras will be removed and some will stay after the big game is done.

Sgt. Darcy Horn said there will be no extra cost to MPD for the cameras because some will be installed by U.S. Homeland Security and the others, through the city of Minneapolis, will be installed by Verizon.


In a written statement, Sgt. Horn said:

There will be additional cameras brought in for the Super Bowl all at no cost to the MPD.  Many of these cameras will be installed by the NFL.  These cameras will be on the hard perimeter around US Bank stadium and the Convention Center, and will be removed when the temporary walls of the perimeter are removed.

There will also be other cameras installed by Homeland Security and through a partnership the MPD has with Verizon.  These cameras will be placed in areas that would not otherwise have cameras but will experience increased activity due to the Super Bowl. 

These cameras are the same as the ones MPD are currently using and will be visible from the street.  The cameras supplied from Homeland Security will be taken down after Super Bowl.  The cameras supplied by Verizon will be left temporarily and MPD is given an option to purchase these cameras.  At this time we do not know the cost to MPD should we decide to keep these cameras, and there has been no discussion at this time about MPD purchasing these cameras.  For security purposes, we are not releasing the number of cameras that will be added for the Super Bowl.

Teresa Nelson, Legal Director at the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said extra security cameras during events like the Super Bowl are understandable, but she warned the public to be aware of the potential drawbacks when some of those cameras remain in place after the game.

"It is hard to go anywhere without being videotaped anymore and the public does have a right to know how many cameras will stay up after the Super Bowl and whether law enforcement intends to capture images and use facial recognition technology to store those images and why," Nelson said.


Jay Kolls

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