UPDATE: The judgment is now in and updated information is at the bottom of the post.
Should maps of public surveillance camera locations be kept a secret? That is what one US city is trying to do.
Though the city admits the cameras in question are publicly visible, New Orleans officials have denied a public defender's public records request for access to a map showing the locations of the cameras. The dispute has escalated into a lawsuit that the plaintiff, being represented in part by ACLU Louisiana attorneys. However, the city has said existing statutory language exempts them from complying with the request.
In this note, based on IPVM's interviews with the ACLU, an attorney for the plaintiff, and a former municipal/police Surveillance Manager, we examine:
- Request / denial details
- Details of complaint
- ACLU involvement
- No response from the defendant
- Comment from former municipal/police surveillance manager
- Next step
- UPDATE on judgment