Tampa City Council weighs whether to pay to maintain RNC surveillance cameras

08/29/13 Seán Kinane
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Last year Tampa used part of a $50 million federal grant to purchase surveillance cameras to be used during the Republican National Convention.

Soon the city will have to decide if it wants to keep the cameras and pay more than $160,000 to maintain them.

Critics argue about the cost and the loss of privacy but supporters say they help deter crime.

For example police say cameras helped catch a sexual battery suspect near a downtown garage last November.

WMNF aired an extended excerpt from a workshop Thursday morning in which Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern challenges Tampa Police Captain Mike Baumaister about the cost and effectiveness of the surveillance cameras.

No decisions were made at the workshop.

Here's more WMNF News coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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