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Viewpoint - November 13, 2013

Letter: Cops' video cameras a worrisome tool

The fall issue of Menlo Focus, a city newsletter, describes a worrisome new surveillance program being implemented by the Menlo Park Police Department.

The new VIEVU body video camera recorders to be used by local police officers "will be used to capture law enforcement related contacts a police officer makes" throughout the workday.

This program is clearly intimidating and places the public at a disadvantage — see the photo on page 7 of the newsletter.

Will police officers provide a Miranda-type warning at each encounter? Some cautionary statement would seem to be appropriate as "the video footage will allow for more efficient documentation of police reports, assist in the prosecution of criminal cases. ..."

With all the current publicity about the federal government's high-tech monitoring, it is ironic that the Menlo Park city government authorized such invasive tactics in our community.

Joanna Martin White Oak Court, Menlo Park

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