Take Down Every Camera

Take Down Every Camera

Greedy politicians and business owners can’t resist investing in the Crescent City’s tourist economy, making depraved capitalist decisions on spending and legislation that benefit businesses over New Orleanians. City officials and business owners’ romance with investment in tourism has resulted in the creation of the largest police remote monitoring camera surveillance systems in the nation for a city of this size.

Residents of New Orleans have criticized the cameras for destroying the freewheeling rakish character of the city and expressed concern that “revelers will lose their taste for revelry.” Government oversight groups disparage surveillance technologies like the New Orleans police camera program for their disparate racial impacts, which further criminalize black populations, and for threatening privacy rights. While vital infrastructure remains in disrepair and the state maintains the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation, the City of New Orleans plans to invest in new technologies to automate policing and increase tourist revenue.

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