Letter: Avoid future lawsuits; use aerial surveillance now

Letter: Avoid future lawsuits; use aerial surveillance now

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Community support for program, 'Planes in the Sky'

Bria Dorsey, right, gets support from Valerie Dent, after a press conference hosted by Pastor Rodrick Burton in support of the community program, 'Planes in the Sky,' the use of street cameras and other surveillance technology, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in front of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, in St. Louis. Bria lost her son this past July, and Valerie lost two sons 5 years ago. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com

Regarding “Well-regulated aerial surveillance program could help solve violent crime.” (Nov. 11): St. Louis County has something to teach the city of St. Louis. The county had the opportunity to settle police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber's discrimination case for $850,000 dollars. They chose to go to court and lost $20 million.

How might St. Louis city lose big? Recently, the Post-Dispatch has said the city should give a well-regulated aerial surveillance technology a chance to reduce gun violence.

What if next summer some children die by gun violence, and the parents discover that St. Louis officials turned down the opportunity to install aerial motion imagery, at no cost to the city for three years? How much would that lawsuit be worth?

Frank Moeller • Lake Saint Louis

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