Brookline's Big Scan
Police surveillence cameras are controversial. They can serve as an invaluable eye witness to a crime, but they can also be seen as a gross invasion of privacy. This familiar debate played out in Brookline when lawmakers voted to allow police officers to use newly available license plate scanning technology. Officers can now mount a camera to their cruiser that will virtually instantaneously scan and photograph the license plates on passing cars, and not everyone sees this as an advancement for public safety.
Dan O'Leary, Brookline Police Chief
Kade Crockford, privacy rights coordinator at the ACLU of Masschusetts