Facing a shortage of police officers, Police Chief Harold Hurtt called Wednesday for a new type of patrol: surveillance cameras on downtown streets, apartment complexes and shopping malls — and in extreme situations, private homes.
"If you're not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Hurtt told reporters.
Anyone in law enforcement who uses the argument "If you're not doing anything wrong, why should you worry" should be summarily banned from law enforcement and public office. When justifying a new encroachment on our privacy, they must convince us, the people, why it is "necessary", how it will "help", and what will be done to "prevent" abuse. It should NEVER be necessary for the law abiding public to have to defend their reasons for "worrying about it" when a new invasion of privacy or reduction of rights is being considered by law enforcement. The burden of justification is entirely upon the law enforcement/government. Every time you see the old "what do you have to hide?" argument, it is a sign that law enforcement/government is trying to cover their lack of justification by wrongly putting concerned citizens on the defensive.
Remember: Government cannot do anything without our consent so it is THEIR duty to convince us to support their idea. Letting government put us on the defensive on such issues would be like allowing a door to door salesman MAKE you explain why you shouldn't have to buy his product. Just tell firmly tell them no and send them on their way.
This sort of massive camera surveillance system has already been implemented in
Mayor Bill White