Cameras proposed to fight non-existent crime
Which is why it clearly needs surveillance cameras to keep the peace.
Local law enforcement officials are pushing a plan to place six surveillance cameras around this Iron Range town of less than a thousand people.
Sgt. Pat McKenzie of the St. Louis County Sheriff's office, which has overseen law enforcement in Buhl since the city disbanded its police department in 1999, said it'd be a tool for solving and deterring crime. But some residents are asking: What crime?
The main plan is to put cameras on the three roads into town, to ensure that any out-of-town criminals are caught in videotape as they arrive. But they'd also put cameras at City Hall, the city beach and an industrial park.
If the good citizens of Buhl want cameras, of course, they can have them. But does anyone here think the surveillance society has gotten a little out of hand?
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