Opinions differ on new Downtown security cameras - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Opinions differ on new Downtown security cameras

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department has six new sets of eyes at Tom Lee Park and Mud Island in the form of surveillance cameras.

Some Memphians said they are in favor of the new security measures.

"I think it's a great idea," said Patrick Spears.  "It's well needed, we need more around the city."

"Makes you feel safer," said Steve Heart.

Not everyone feels the same way about the cameras.

"I just don't like them," said Rena Jefferies.

"It's kind of an invasion of privacy," said Ronda Kennedy.

The Memphis Police Department said the law allows cameras such as these and that their purpose is to protect citizens.

"All of our cameras are out in the public where the public is subject to being monitored," said Lt. Barry Hanks with the Memphis Police Department.

The next spot to receive the security cameras will be along the Main Street Mall.

Cameras like these recently helped police catch three robbery suspects who grabbed a man by his throat and emptied his pockets on Fourth Street near Beale.  An officer in the Real Time Crime Center saw the robbery live.

"You could see the guys that were the suspects luring someone to an ally," said Hanks.  "Then you can't see what's happening, and then you see people running away."

The officer radioed to police officers near the scene and told them which way the men were headed.

Nine minutes later, the suspects were in handcuffs.

The cameras on Mud Island and Tom Lee Park are primarily going to be used to monitor the I-40 and I-55 Bridges.  Five cameras should appear along the Main Street Mall within a couple of weeks.

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