Maryland gov’t promises funds for Baltimore surveillance initiative

Included in the $21 million Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has promised to battle crime in Baltimore is funding for a surveillance program that would have a plane flying overhead recording the activities of people and vehicles.

In a letter to the city’s Democratic mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Hogan wrote, “You have inherited a difficult situation, but now is the time to show the people of the city that we are all serious about stopping this deadly violence and getting shooters off of the streets.”

That includes the use of 10 state police helicopters whose crews will “conduct law enforcement tactical flights over Baltimore whenever their duties bring them into or near the city,” a report in the Baltimore Sun cited the letter as saying.

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