Oct 242010
 
 October 24, 2010  Non-U.S., Surveillance

More on the surveillance controversy in Birmingham.

Caroline Gall reports:

West Midlands Police “treated people like idiots” over the way more than 200 surveillance cameras were installed in parts of Birmingham with large Muslim populations, an MP has said.

The cameras – covert and overt – were put up earlier this year and were paid for with £3m of government money put aside for tackling terrorism.

But the communities were in uproar after they were not consulted, prompting the force to apologise and instigate an independent review of what happened.

The findings were highly critical, saying the force paid little attention to “compliance with the legal or regulatory framework” and relations between the Muslim community and police had been set back 10 years.

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Liberty has now threatened legal action against the force if it refuses to agree to remove all the cameras in the next two weeks.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims has said previously all the covert cameras have been removed and the remainder covered with bags until a final decision was made.

Read more on BBC. In related coverage, BBC reports that the West Midland police will be responding to the recent report at a meeting later.

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