Betrayed: District Attorney’s Are Running “Advanced Public Surveillance Networks”

Thursday, September 26, 2019
By Paul Martin
SEP 26

The public trust has been betrayed. District Attorney’s (DA) are using CCTV cameras and license plate readers to create public surveillance networks.

According to U.S. Legal, the definition of a DA is “to investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement.” Not a single one of the 22 definitions includes running a public surveillance network.

What is happening in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County is not an aberration, it is fast becoming commonplace.

Last month, Lancaster Online revealed that the DA’s office has created an “advanced public surveillance network.”

“The district attorney for Pennsylvania’s second-most-populous county, Stephen Zappala Jr. has assembled a network of advanced surveillance cameras in and around Pittsburgh and has enlisted colleagues in four surrounding counties to extend its reach into their jurisdictions.”

The video above revealed that the DA’s office has real-time access to CCTV cameras, effectively allowing government officials to track anyone they want without a warrant.

The Appeal, calls it a “Dystopian Reality.”

“He’s created a dystopian reality in the county,” said Andy Hoover, a spokesperson for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. “The residents are being watched at all times and it’s by some anonymous company that he won’t even name.”

Zappala’s office has spent $1.5 million over the past five years, much of it drug forfeiture money, on a network that includes more than 1,000 cameras and 350 license plate readers that capture and store millions of license plates a week.

Turning a DA’s office into a public surveillance center is appalling.

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