Keith Daigle reports:
The city of Des Moines and the King County Library System (KCLS) are at odds over surveillance camera’s and library patron’s privacy.
On March 14 an elderly man was robbed and assaulted in the parking lot of the Woodmont Library in Des Moines. Shaken up by the crime, he was not able to give police a description of his assailant.
The strong-arm robbery, a felony crime, was caught on the Library’s surveillance cameras on the parking lot. KCLS denied both the initial request and a public records request by Des Moines Police to view the footage, telling them they would need a warrant.
“We are not in the business of the video surveillance of the community,” Director of KCLS Bill Ptacek said.
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