San Francisco Q&A: ‘What do you think about more surveillance at big events?’
San Francisco Q&A: ‘What do you think about more surveillance at big events?’
Danielle Taylor, 42, administrative assistant, Bayview: “I think that certain parts of Market Street have a lot of traffic that doesn’t look too savvy—looks like a lot of illegal stuff going on further down. So I think that would be a very good idea, to make sure everyone is safe.” (The Epoch Times)

Danielle Taylor, 42, administrative assistant, Bayview: “I think that certain parts of Market Street have a lot of traffic that doesn’t look too savvy—looks like a lot of illegal stuff going on further down. So I think that would be a very good idea, to make sure everyone is safe.” (The Epoch Times)

Elijah Nicolas, 30, quality assurance, South Francisco: “I could go either way, I think. It’s helpful, but also it’s  weird just having a camera on all the time. I see the point ... I don’t know how I feel yet.” (The Epoch Times)

Elijah Nicolas, 30, quality assurance, South Francisco: “I could go either way, I think. It’s helpful, but also it’s weird just having a camera on all the time. I see the point ... I don’t know how I feel yet.” (The Epoch Times)

Chris Lauer, 25, recruiter, Haight-Ashbury: “I think it’s a good idea. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I don’t know what the cost would be, in particular, but as far as a breach upon our amendments and rights, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It can’t hurt to have a little extra precaution. And it helped people on Reddit to match those images with the people in Boston, so it seemed to have worked.” (The Epoch Times)

Chris Lauer, 25, recruiter, Haight-Ashbury: “I think it’s a good idea. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I don’t know what the cost would be, in particular, but as far as a breach upon our amendments and rights, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It can’t hurt to have a little extra precaution. And it helped people on Reddit to match those images with the people in Boston, so it seemed to have worked.” (The Epoch Times)

Oren Kredo, 57, programmer, San Francisco: “Well, the cameras seemed to have been quite helpful to isolate the perpetrators. So in some way you have to say ‘OK, that’s effective.’ It does make me feel a little uncomfortable to be on camera all the time. I know that in some cities, like in London, you pretty much can’t walk around without being on a camera. They did have bus bombings on the 7th of July, [2005]. So again, do you feel safer walking around London knowing that they are being bombed and they have cameras? Very difficult for me because I don’t really like to be filmed, but I’m seeing some effectiveness. I’m more interested in effectiveness than even liberties, up to a point. So if it’s effective, I see where it’s coming from. Now, is he going to leave them running for the rest of the time when there’s no event? So I would say, yes, turn them on for a big event; turn them off the rest of the time.” (The Epoch Times)

Oren Kredo, 57, programmer, San Francisco: “Well, the cameras seemed to have been quite helpful to isolate the perpetrators. So in some way you have to say ‘OK, that’s effective.’ It does make me feel a little uncomfortable to be on camera all the time. I know that in some cities, like in London, you pretty much can’t walk around without being on a camera. They did have bus bombings on the 7th of July, [2005]. So again, do you feel safer walking around London knowing that they are being bombed and they have cameras? Very difficult for me because I don’t really like to be filmed, but I’m seeing some effectiveness. I’m more interested in effectiveness than even liberties, up to a point. So if it’s effective, I see where it’s coming from. Now, is he going to leave them running for the rest of the time when there’s no event? So I would say, yes, turn them on for a big event; turn them off the rest of the time.” (The Epoch Times)

Mark Fisher, 53, administration and law, Castro: “I think it depends on who wants to monitor who, and why. And to make it fair, let’s put cameras in the board rooms when they’re committing their crimes. Like the Fortune 500 companies. They commit crimes daily, but nobody’s there, and there’s no responsibility. They want to monitor [us]. George Orwell lives.” (The Epoch Times)

Mark Fisher, 53, administration and law, Castro: “I think it depends on who wants to monitor who, and why. And to make it fair, let’s put cameras in the board rooms when they’re committing their crimes. Like the Fortune 500 companies. They commit crimes daily, but nobody’s there, and there’s no responsibility. They want to monitor [us]. George Orwell lives.” (The Epoch Times)

Juan Reyes, 29, fraud analyst, North Beach: “Honestly, I think it’s a good idea. I know some people will be concerned about the infringence on privacy. But this is a different age, and we shouldn’t have an expectation to privacy in a public place. If it can help potentially to stop—maybe even potential mass attacks like that, or just even everyday smaller crimes like violence or littering or muggings—then I think it’s ideal. Just people need to be mindful of that. I am not opposed to it necessarily.” (The Epoch Times)

Juan Reyes, 29, fraud analyst, North Beach: “Honestly, I think it’s a good idea. I know some people will be concerned about the infringence on privacy. But this is a different age, and we shouldn’t have an expectation to privacy in a public place. If it can help potentially to stop—maybe even potential mass attacks like that, or just even everyday smaller crimes like violence or littering or muggings—then I think it’s ideal. Just people need to be mindful of that. I am not opposed to it necessarily.” (The Epoch Times)

Michelle Slocombe, 30, communications, Westportal: “Yes, I think that would be a good idea, to have more real-time surveillance on the streets during big events—especially with what happened after Boston. I think that would be a good idea.” (The Epoch Times)

Michelle Slocombe, 30, communications, Westportal: “Yes, I think that would be a good idea, to have more real-time surveillance on the streets during big events—especially with what happened after Boston. I think that would be a good idea.” (The Epoch Times)

The Epoch Times asked Bay Area locals: 

What do you think about more surveillance at big events?

In the wake of the Boston bombings, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has suggested beefing up camera surveillance in the city during big events, according to local media. Suhr said real-time monitoring on major thoroughfares like Market Street will bring added safety to events such as the Bay-to-Breakers footrace.

Civil liberty groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union expressed doubt that more surveillance can prevent terrorist attacks in the city and are concerned about the impact on personal privacy.

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