Chicago mayor to ACLU: Cameras stop crime

ACLU believes the $60 million price tag of more cameras would be better spent on hiring more police


By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Chicago's network of more than 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras has solved crimes, prevented police misconduct and made residents feel safe, Mayor Daley said Tuesday, rejecting the American Civil Liberties Union's call for a moratorium on new cameras and strict controls on existing ones.

One day after the ACLU proposed reining in the Big Brother program, Daley talked about expanding it to prevent senior citizens living in high-crime neighborhoods from becoming prisoners in their homes.

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