I'm an in-betweener here:
On one hand, I think that public surveillance needs extremely well-defined use cases, audits, and penalties for misuse. So, I understand being upset that NYPD might not feel the same.
On the other hand, a lot of folks, from all over the political spectrum, think that we're in a police state with magic technology recognizing our faces everywhere we go and wiretapping the world. That's obviously not true, either.
So it's a fine balance between understanding what's happening today, what capabilities are, and understanding where they could go. Because while I'm ok with things where they are in many cases today, erosion is a hard thing to notice, and we could one day wake up to realize we're stuck with things gone too far.
ALL of the above aside, NYC is a crazy example. The place runs its own intelligence department. Internationally! They basically do feel like they have their own army, by the looks of everything. I'm not sure any other city pushes things quite the same way.
What's good for the goose is evidently not for the gander.
There's so many great examples of surveillance helping to protect the rights of individuals from the police.