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The Urbana City Council voted against Automatic License Plate Readers

With the rise in gun violence in Champaign-Urbana, both cities have been considering the use of Automatic License Plate Readers as a measure to identify possible perpatrators. The Champaign City Council discussed spending nearly $200,000 for the use of 36 ALPRs for two years in a recent study session. All but one council member were in favor of moving the measure out of study session to vote on at a later date.

This week, the Urbana City Council was ready to vote on spending $54,000 for the use of 20 ALPRs for one year. The council voted against the measure 4-3. 

We have expressed our skepticism at using these types of surveillance measures — questioning their effectiveness, cost, and effect on predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. 

Top image from Flock Security website.

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