Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=100949
Story Retrieval Date: 5/21/2013 8:23:36 PM CST
The mayor’s said his proposed budget cuts won’t stop the city from installing more “blue light” police cameras, but residents in Little Village aren’t convinced the promise will translate into action in their community.
“We’re tired of the violence in Little Village,” said Raul Montes, one of about 20 protestors who lined up outside the City Council Chambers Wednesday to advocate for more cameras in their community.
Holding signs that said “Where is the money for cameras in the 22nd Ward?”and “Stop the Bloodshed and Violence in Little Village,” protestors wanted to get the attention of Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), who they say has ignored their pleas for surveillance cameras.
“We need the cameras to control crime for the protection of our children,” said Edith Mendez, a 45-year-old mother of two. “Everywhere they have a camera, crime is diminished.”
In his budget address to the City Council, Mayor Richard M. Daley said the city had plans to install more police cameras.
“Because of creative management, we will be able to use a variety of non-operating funding resources so that we can continue purchasing and installing neighborhood safety cameras to help prevent gangs, guns and drug violence,” he said.