Reason: City Orders Businesses to Join Its Police Surveillance System by Scott Shackford:
Saginaw demands that establishments install video cameras and turn over footage.
City leaders in Saginaw, Michigan, are drafting local shops into the crime-fighting business. The city has ordered local businesses to install video cameras and to turn over footage to the police on demand.
Saginaw City Council voted unanimously yesterday to pass an ordinance requiring certain types of businesses (with “characteristics which may tend to increase the risk of criminal activity on their premises”) to install a minimum of three surveillance recording cameras. These must be in operation whenever the business is open, and one camera must be positioned to record the face of each person entering or leaving.