Newsom Wants To Place 500 Surveillance Cameras Where?

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( – On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that there would be hundreds of high-tech surveillance cameras that would be deployed in Oakland city in order to combat crime. 

In the news release, the Democratic governor noted that the California Highway Patrol has contracted Flock Safety for the installation of 480 cameras which will be able to identify a car’s type, license plate, bumper stickers, decals, and color. The cameras will provide tracking alerts in real time relating to suspect vehicles. 

Those who are against the deployment of this technology have argued that it infringes on people’s privacy and that it would only lead to further police abuse against marginalized communities. 

However, Newsom who is looking to crack down on crime has also deployed CHP officers and state attorneys that are also meant to assist with these efforts in Oakland. The new surveillance network is going to act as an additional law enforcement tool that will allow them to “combat criminal activity” effectively while ensuring that all Californians are safe. 

Across the state, there are concerns relating to public safety, which has resulted in many liberal leaders having to find solutions that would require more policing. While in many California cities, crime rates have dropped, in Oakland there is an increase in crime rates. As a result of the increasing crime rates the only In-N-Out Burger restaurant in the city was closed down, this is the first closure in the company’s 75-year history. 

On Thursday, four major employers in Oakland announced a $10 million security program that they would jointly engage in aiming to improve public safety while protecting employees. 

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