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ACLU meets with public, Hattiesburg police on potential surveillance ordinance

Ward Two councilwoman Deborah Delgado speaks at a public meeting at the C.E. Roy Community Center Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM. Ward Two councilwoman Deborah Delgado speaks at a public meeting at the C.E. Roy Community Center Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing in on a potential new Hattiesburg city ordinance regulating police surveillance technology.  

Erik Fleming, director of advocacy and policy with the ACLU of Mississippi, spoke at a Ward Two meeting at the C.E. Roy Community Center Thursday night, hosted by councilwoman Deborah Delgado.

She is drafting an ordinance on the usage of surveillance equipment, such as police body cameras and street cameras. 

"The public has a right to know about the kind of technology that may be coming into our community and how it will be used," Delgado said.  

"One of our main concerns is making sure that citizens' privacy is protected," said Fleming. "We do not want to interfere with good law enforcement work."

Police officials who attended said they were concerned a new ordinance could hamper investigations.

"I have a problem when you start infringing on or telling the police how to do their job," said Anthony Parker, chief of the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Thursday's meeting also covered water and sewer rates, the clean-up of the old Hercules site and improvements to the city's mass transit system.

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