May 9, 2012 - The Portland City Council this morning postponed a vote on a proposal that, if approved, would enable increased use of surveillance cameras by the Portland Police Bureau.
The ACLU of Oregon testified in opposition to the proposal at last week's City Council meeting, raising concerns about the privacy implications of 24-hour video surveillance of perfectly legal activities of Portlanders in their everyday lives. At that meeting, the Council agreed to delay a vote on the proposal to allow for the Police Bureau to research and report on further specifics that might address the privacy concerns raised at the hearing. To allow for more time for the Bureau to do so, the Council delayed the vote again today. It is rescheduled for May 30.