Sunday, July 18, 2010

DNC in Minneapolis 2012-When does the surveillance begin?

Today about 15 or so citizens made it known that they were not in favor of having the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Minneapolis.  They gathered at 5th and Hennepin and marched their way to Target Field.  They handed out a flyer with a number of reasons they opposed the convention, including the "militarization of local police" to the disruption of lives and local businesses. 

It will be not known for some time if Minneapolis will host the convention, but the surveillance is already beginning. Bolted on a light standard over the area where the people gathered for the march, there was one of the sophisticated cameras used by Minneapolis police. It was recording the gathering.

Is the recording public or not? By law and Minneapolis policy it is public unless there is a on going criminal investigation. Maybe I will ask to inspect the recording for Sunday, July 18, 2010 at the corner of 5th and Hennepin, southwest corner, 11:30am to 12;30pm. Whether or not they give it to me may be a key indication of whether or not the surveillance for the DNC has already begun.

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