A renewed push for regular aerial surveillance of the city to help fight violent crime has been launched at the Board of Aldermen after earlier efforts failed to get anywhere with Mayor Lyda Krewson’s administration.
A bill introduced Friday would direct Krewson — or her successor — to contract with an Ohio-based company to use its technology that tracks movements of suspects and vehicles moments after a crime is committed.
“I got sick of watching the murder rate go up,” said the sponsor, Alderman Tom Oldenburg, D-16th Ward.
Oldenburg earlier this year sponsored a nonbinding resolution that urged Krewson and city public safety officials to discuss a possible contract with the company, Persistent Surveillance Systems. That was approved by aldermen, 16-11, in July.
Now Oldenburg is back with legislation that he believes would force the issue, if passed.
The July resolution won support from several aldermen from high-crime areas of the city. But opposition is again expected to be fierce, with opponents arguing that such routine surveillance would violate average citizens’ civil liberties because anyone traveling down a city street would be photographed.