DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Not in my backyard. That was the consensus at a meeting Tuesday night at Dayton City Hall to discuss the use of aerial surveillance.
The public had a lot of concerns and city leaders listened.
"I'm still not sure these technologies prevent murder after your presentation," said a Dayton resident.
The proposed plan says the city would put cameras on small, piloted planes used major crimes, natural disasters and SWAT call outs.
However, even in this advanced digital age we live in, this appears to be a step too far for those at the meeting.
"I think it's an opportunity for us to be at the forefront of respecting civil rights and civil liberties and to have Dayton be a shining example of that," said a meeting attendee.
"Why do we need this surveillance anyways? Get involved in the community. Let's show everybody how to do it that way."
"When I leave my house and I go down to the mall for Macys, I know cameras are on me and follow me everywhere I'm going because they think I'm going to steal, but I'm there because I chose to be there. I don't have to be there, but I have to be in my home and my community," said a Dayton resident.
Concerns were raised about whether the policies and laws are in place to prevent operators from doing whatever they want with aerial surveillance.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl says he is confident airborne security would be an asset and not a threat.
"I think I made that very clear that this technology is deployed in terms of crimes reported from citizens either previously or in progress or in critical tactical situations or natural disasters," said Chief Biehl.
The city's proposed contract with Persistent Surveillance Systems would spend $120,000 for 120 hours of surveillance.
No vote was taken on the proposal.
The next step is for the city to review the public comments and go from there.
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