Ohio city drops proposal for aerial surveillance

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a southwest Ohio city who considered using aerial surveillance to deter crime are dropping the proposal, which drew concern from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and some residents over the issue of privacy rights.

Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan said in a statement Wednesday night that officials believe strategically using such technology could be beneficial. But he says they were concerned by confusion about how the technology would be used.

Some residents and ACLU officials voiced concern about the proposed surveillance video that would be recorded by a camera system on piloted aircraft. Police said the surveillance wouldn’t violate privacy rights.

The ACLU’s policy coordinator said the organization was pleased with the city’s decision but hopes it will establish policy to protect citizens’ rights to privacy.

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