Proposed crime-fighting surveillance planes over St. Louis cause controversy

About 20 people against the surveillance planes traded shouts with one person in support of the planes. 

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October 11, 2019 - 1:20 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Those for and against a plan to fly crime-fighting surveillance planes over St. Louis squared off at a rally outside St. Louis City Hall this week. 

About 20 people against the surveillance planes traded shouts with one person in support of the planes. 

Among those against, Alicia Hernandez with the American Civil Liberties Union, she says "technology and surveillance has been used to target black activist, immigrants, people of color, any sort of marginalized community members." 

Related: Local privacy group warns against surveillance planes over St. Louis

Speaking in favor of the planes, Community Activist Cedric "C-Sharp" Redmon says it's time for more surveillance. 

"There was a (man) that just got killed on Martin Luther King and Cass in broad daylight. Nobody saw that. Nobody knows what happened," Redmon says. "You expect the community to rebuild itself knowing that the killer is still out there?" 

Those against the planes touted an allegedly leaked city document they say shows the city is planning to share its surveillance data with the feds and private companies. 

Alderwoman Annie Rice is against the idea and says if "a divorce attorney wants to go and try to find evidence of a spouse cheating then they are going to follow a car to and from a place or if an employer wants to find out where an employee was that maybe has a car and they are out moving around for their job."

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