Supes Critical Of SFPD Market Street Camera Plan, Bay To Breakers Backpack Ban

Following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon last month, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors held a hearing Thursday to review security plans for the large-scale events planned over the next several months in the city.

Supervisor Eric Mar called for the hearing, held this afternoon at the board’s neighborhood services and safety committee at City Hall, shortly after the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured scores of others at the Boston race.

Mar said he wanted to see if any security measures should be revised before upcoming events like the Bay to Breakers race on May 19 or other events like the Pride parade, Outside Lands music festival and America’s Cup races in the city later this year.

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One proposal floated by police Chief Greg Suhr was to install more surveillance cameras along Market Street to allow authorities to monitor the events in real-time, but Suhr backed away from that plan during today’s hearing.

The chief said rather than install new cameras at this time, the Police Department will be mapping the current layout of cameras along Market Street and working with private businesses that have surveillance cameras to cover any blind spots.

Mar and fellow Supervisor David Campos said they had expressed reservations about Suhr’s initial proposal.
“We have to balance the need to keep our public safe with a respect for privacy rights,” Mar said.

Campos said terrorist attacks often lead to law enforcement actions “that go beyond where we should be.”
Campos also criticized an announcement made earlier this week by Bay to Breakers organizers that large backpacks would be banned at the race.

“I don’t know if that’s really going to address the problem,” he said.

One speaker during the public comment portion of the meeting said he did not mind cameras during the large events, especially with so many people who have smartphones with cameras on them as well.

The importance of public participation in preventing crimes at the events was echoed by police Deputy Chief John Loftus.

“Our collective safety is a shared burden,” Loftus said. “If you see something, say something.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-David-French-Jr/752917287 William David French Jr

    Here in San Francisco we need to start jumping on board the idea of placing real time cameras at critical locations and at events. Along Market Street high definition 24fps cameras would make huge difference in dealing with drug dealers and thieves.

    In today’s society with cell phones and mini cameras all over the place, when we are in public we never have privacy.

    Imagine an officer monitoring a camera and they see a drunk and disorderly individual harassing people. Another office could be dispatched immediately to the scene and the problem dealt with. And the camera footage could then be used in court to show just what the situation was really like, which would allow a judge to determine a proper sentence (hopefully rehab). It would also allow the defendant to see what they really are like when they are drunk.

    Now take the same idea and use for an assault. Or for a theft. Prosecutors would then have a better ability to get these people off the streets. It would save us money and court time. And the public would be a lot safer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-David-French-Jr/752917287 William David French Jr

    Here in San Francisco we need to start jumping on board the idea of placing real time cameras at critical locations and at events. Along Market Street high definition 24fps cameras would make huge difference in dealing with drug dealers and thieves.

    In today’s society with cell phones and mini cameras all over the place, when we are in public we never have privacy.

    Imagine an officer monitoring a camera and they see a drunk and disorderly individual harassing people. Another office could be dispatched immediately to the scene and the problem dealt with. And the camera footage could then be used in court to show just what the situation was really like, which would allow a judge to determine a proper sentence (hopefully rehab). It would also allow the defendant to see what they really are like when they are drunk.

    Now take the same idea and use for an assault. Or for a theft. Prosecutors would then have a better ability to get these people off the streets. It would save us money and court time. And the public would be a lot safer.

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    Illumination is a
    measure of the sensitivity of the Board Cameras and its unit is LUX. Lower
    LUX values indicate that the camera can capture clear images in lower
    light conditions. You have to pay attention to the aperture value of
    your lens when you are testing the minimum illumination.