CIty denied a public records request from the defense attorney last summer, claiming it would reveal sensitive information related to terrorism prevention. But civil rights groups representing her say the cameras are, in fact, normally used for routine law enforcement and criminal prosecution.
Software package can track movement and identify objects and people. The suite also includes "predictive policing" software, but officials say the city isn't using it.
The researcher whose work was used in NOLA for Life, Chicago "heat list" is involved in developing the new program for Cantrell's violence reduction task force. Task force members hope the list will be used to direct residents to social services, not police.
The budget committee advanced a proposal to fund eight new cameras through the Gentilly Development District. The cameras would be linked to the city's surveillance hub.