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Proposal Would Give D.C. Police ‘Big Brother’ Access to Private Cameras

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File photo of a security camera. (credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells wants police to be able tap into private security cameras in an effort to crack down on crime. But some residents of the nation’s capital are wondering if the proposal goes too far, crossing a delicate line between safety and privacy.

Under Wells’ proposal, police will be able to view the cameras around the clock and in real-time. In theory, they will be able to view a crime as it is being committed. On the other hand, it also means police will have the ability to arbitrarily peer into the world at the most mundane times.

“It sounds like a double-edged sword,” one District resident told WNEW’s John Domen.

But would the good that comes out of the ‘Big Brother’ approach outweigh the consequences?

“Civil rights… that’s questionable, but I would be in favor of them doing that,” another said.

Wells has agreed to push back a vote originally scheduled for Tuesday.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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