ACLU asks East Providence stop taping video, audio in town hall

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)– The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island (ACLU) is revealing issue over an audio and video recording system inside East Providence Town Hall.

ACLU Executive Director Steven Brown sent out a letter to Mayor Bob DaSilva previously this month after numerous homeowners submitted problems concerning the recording system.

” As uncomfortable as we discover the prevalent video security, the truth that the security system likewise tapes audio is especially filled because it is illegal to tape discussions without the approval of a minimum of one celebration to a discussion,” Brown composed in the letter.

The problems lodged versus the city were initially reported by The Hummel Report

DaSilva informs 12 News the security cams were set up in numerous city workplaces back in 2014, though they just began taping audio a couple of weeks back.

The mayor stated the factor the city chose to begin taping audio is for quality assurance.

” It’s simply method to secure our staff members from accusations and secure the general public from any concerns that might emerge,” he stated.

The cams that tape both video and audio lie in the city clerk’s, treasurer’s and tax assessor’s workplaces, along with the structure and zoning department.

While Brown persevere on it being unlawful to tape discussions, DaSilva disagrees.

The mayor stated approval is not required for recordings in public structures, specifically when there are indications published that inform them it’s occurring.

DaSilva stated anybody who has a concern with being tape-recorded can ask city staff members to carry out services in a location where the cams aren’t situated.

” A member of the general public who desires service from their city or town must have the ability to get it without needing to go through hoops, simply due to the fact that they wish to exercise their genuine rights,” Brown stated.

The ACLU has actually asked for the city stop taping up until an official policy is embraced to secure homeowners.

DaSilva stated the city is now in the procedure of preparing that policy, however a city representative informs 12 News the city intends on continuing to tape interactions within those workplaces.