Oakland City Council Put Off Decision On Controversial Surveillance Center
OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Oakland City Council has decided to put off a decision on whether to further develop a highly controversial surveillance hub.
After hours of public testimony at Oakland City Hall on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, the decision on whether to award a $1.6 million contract for phase two of the Domain Awareness Center has been delayed until early March.
This is a joint project between the city and the Port of Oakland that would feed video, gunshot sensors and other surveillance tools to one emergency center.
“As a public agency, it is our duty and responsibility to take reasonable steps, and implement programs to protect the port, our workers and visitors,” said Michael O’Brien, port security director.
But a large majority of the public at the meeting strongly voiced their displeasure at the idea of a surveillance hub.
“What we just heard. That it’s about public safety, when really what it’s all about is shutting down civil disobedience,” said one attendee.