More Cameras - Smaller Cameras
Operation Disruption cameras used to be about as subtle as a punch in the nose. They weighed 100 pounds, had flashing blue lights and were encased in the Chicago Police Department's classic logo. The $30,000 cameras virtually announced that you were entering a high-crime neighborhood.
The next generation of video surveillance - in a city that's fast become famous for it - is a lot more discreet. The camera weighs just 15 pounds, costs $6,000 and looks about as unobtrusive as a street light. Digital recordings can be stored and downloaded within minutes.
Especially after the Sun Times named 6 more officers that are facing termination for various offenses and rules violations following a FOIA request. We mentioned months ago that a number of scandals were brewing and the Sun Times seems to be leading the charge to paint the Department as out of control. We don't know if they're pushing for Federal intervention and oversight, but who knows what the hell is going on lately? Be careful.