On June 9, 2010, the Show-Me Institute co-hosted a discussion about the trade-offs between liberty and security, specifically regarding the use of cameras as a tool for law enforcement.
Saint Louis city Alderman Antonio French, who represents the city's 21st ward, has spent nearly a year trying to get surveillance cameras installed in some of the high-crime areas of his ward. He maintains that the cameras will help police officers identify criminals, while deterring crime.
Missouri Sen. Jim Lembke, who represents parts of south Saint Louis city and south Saint Louis County, has argued against the use of red light cameras. The cameras, he says, violate due process because the owner of a car seen running a red light is presumed guilty -- even if the camera cannot identify the driver.
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