West Palm surveillance cameras expected to be topic at tonight’s meeting

Although it’s not on the agenda, the city of West Palm Beach’s network of surveillance cameras should a topic of discussion at tonight’s city commission meeting.

Several members of the city’s northwest neighborhood, which has been experiencing a rash of shootings, and Commissioner Paula Ryan plan on bringing up the issue in public comments, they told The Palm Beach Post on Friday.

One of the cameras wasn’t working when two people were shot outside the Dunbar Village apartments about 100 yards away. And locals say the city has been dragging its feet on a proposal to expand the number of cameras

Teresa Johnson, executive director of the Northwest Community Consortium, said last week that they¬†wanted to “speak to the urgency” of installing more cameras. The city has 30 cameras across downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Since June 2, 26 people have been shot – nine fatally – in the northwest area. On Wednesday, two people were killed and two others wounded.

Police have made an arrest in just one case.

Tonight’s commission meeting is at 5 p.m. at West Palm Beach city hall, 401 Clematis St.


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