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New Orleans pulling the plug on crime cameras

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Posted: Oct 15, 2010 12:14 PM
Source: Associated Press

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The city of New Orleans is dropping its crime camera program.

In seven years, the program has yielded six indictments. They include three for crimes caught on video and three for bribes and kickbacks a vendor is accused of paying a former city official to sell the cameras to city hall.

That record, the millions the cameras have cost the city, and the fact they rarely worked, were enough reason for Mayor Mitch Landrieu to end the troubled program.

Landrieu announced on Thursday his proposal to scratch the program from the city budget.

Times-Picayune reports that for now, the cameras will stay in place, but won't be maintained.

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