2UrbanGirls has received an email from Compton resident Robert Ray that was addressed to both us and Councilwoman Tana McCoy re: city surveillance cameras. 2UrbanGirls initially reported on the city expanding the surveillance camera project in 2015 and a 2016 follow up reporting the cameras weren’t operable.
Residents have taken to Facebook to discuss the amount of murders not being solved, despite a multi million dollar surveillance camera system touted as the most advanced in the United States. The cameras allegedly had license plate scanning capabilities and responded to the sounds of gunshots as outlined in an LA Times article titled “Compton feeling good“.
Councilwoman Janna Zurita is campaigning that she has made the parks safer, yet the cameras installed in the parks are inoperable. Why have MILLIONS of dollars been spent on non-working cameras? And why aren’t councilmembers demanding they be fixed? Grieving residents want answers.
It is time for an update on our Citywide Camera system. Over the years ‘we’ have spent millions of dollars on camera of all types and in all places. Just last year I specifically remember the council approving a contract that was supposed to ensure that all of our cameras were in working order at all times, or would be fixed in a timely manner if they went down.
You know as well as I do that way too often something happens right under a camera, and then we are told “that camera wasn’t working”. Remember the shooting in Burrell MacDonald park a couple of years ago? Remember the little girl who lost her arm to illegal fireworks in Burrell MacDonald park? These are just two examples. Janna keeps asking for audits on everything else, it is time for an audit of our Citywide Camera Project. What is or is not working? Is that contract for the maintenance/repair of our system still in place?
Robert Ray, concerned resident
Rhambo needs to provide some answers. I would appreciate it if you could ask him next Tuesday to provide an ACCURATE update.
(This is a hot topic on Facebook right now and people want answers)