Rahm Defends Security Cameras, Cites Boston Bomb Investigation

By Ted Cox on April 17, 2013 2:51pm 

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the city's use of security cameras both for major events and for day-to-day issues of public safety.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the city's use of security cameras both for major events and for day-to-day issues of public safety.
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WEST LOOP — As security cameras proved key in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded the use of such cameras in Chicago Wednesday.

Emanuel told reporters at a midday news conference at Malcolm X College to "draw your own conclusions" on how instrumental security cameras can be in the aftermath of such an event.

"We continue to put cameras throughout the city for security purposes," he added. "They serve an important function."

Emanuel said they were important not just for major events, but for day-to-day issues of public safety.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the city's extensive network of security cameras four years ago, and they have only grown more prevalent under the Emanuel administration. Merchants have seen the impact security cameras can have in rough neighborhoods.

Emanuel announced at Malcolm X that a new construction project at the Near West Side college designates up to 120 of the 950 construction jobs will be reserved for qualified applicants from the surrounding community.

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