- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say they will install nine security cameras in a downtown bar and restaurant district following a November shooting that left one man dead and another hospitalized.

It will be the first time police cameras have been used in Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1Q2233n ). Officials unveiled the plan Friday.

Police also plan to have at least six off-duty officers patrolling the area every weekend year-round, and business owners in the district have agreed to install more outdoor lighting.

“If you come down here with the intent of harassing someone, or causing someone harm, then you’re going to be on camera and you’re going to get arrested,” Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith said.

The cameras will include large domes with security emblems to let people know that police are watching, Des Moines Councilman Chris Coleman said.

On Nov. 29, a shooting in the area killed 21-year-old Edmanuel Perez and seriously injured 23-year-old Andrew Hurley-Boyd. A suspect was arrested and charged in the shooting several days later.

Police do not plan to watch live feeds of activity on the street, but the footage will be recorded on a central server and available for review.

“They’re not trying to be Big Brother,” Coleman said. “But they want a tool that allows us to investigate and prosecute people who make trouble.”

Mark Clark, president of Electronic Engineering, donated the $95,000 high-definition camera system that will be installed downtown. A coalition of public and private groups will pay roughly $130,000 a year to keep the system running and pay for the part-time police presence, the newspaper said.

Officials said the cameras should be in place before the NCAA basketball tournament arrives March 17-19.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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