Where they stand: Providence mayor prospects on brand-new license plate electronic cameras


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)– With 25 questionable brand-new license plate electronic cameras switching on quickly in Providence, the 3 prospects for mayor are divided on the brand-new innovation.

12 News asked each of the mayoral prospects about the brand-new Flock Security electronic cameras throughout tapings of WPRI.com’s Pulse of Providence in current days.

Brett Smiley revealed assistance for the brand-new electronic cameras, while Gonzalo Cuervo and Nirva LaFortune both stated the electronic cameras ought to not be utilized up until there is policy by state or city legislators. All 3 prospects are Democrats.

” For something of this magnitude, I believe it is essential that it go through the City board,” stated LaFortune, who is co-sponsoring a resolution asking the city to stop the electronic cameras. “I have substantial issues about this. I do comprehend the value of carrying out innovation to increase security in our city, however this wasn’t the very best method.”

Smiley stated he could not speak with the procedure of how the electronic cameras were presented, however stated he supports them.

” I’m extremely available to and helpful of using this type of innovation to assist make our city much safer,” Smiley stated. “I believe if it conserves one life or assists return one abducted kid, that momentary check of the plate versus a recognized database can yield public security enhancements and development.”

Cuervo stated the electronic cameras ought to be controlled by the city or state prior to being utilized, and kept in mind there was legislation thought about by the General Assembly previously this year that did not make it to a vote.

” Innovation’s moving at an extremely fast lane,” Cuervo stated. “And innovation can be extremely valuable. And I make sure that cam innovation is extremely valuable in resolving a great deal of criminal offense. However there requires to be policy. We can not let our public law and our personal privacy be figured out by personal suppliers.”

At a press conference Wednesday, Public Security Commissioner Steven Paré safeguarded the choice not to bring the electronic cameras program prior to the City board for approval.

” We’re hoping that the general public comprehends the function of this program, resolving criminal offenses … that we do not require legislation determining how we can utilize this innovation,” Paré stated.

The individually interviews with the prospects are all being launched today as an unique Pulse of Providence series. Cuervo’s interview was launched Tuesday, LaFortune’s interview is set to be launched Wednesday afternoon, and Smiley’s episode will be out on Thursday.

Steph Machado ( smachado@wpri.com) is a Target 12 investigative press reporter covering Providence, politics and more for 12 News. Get in touch with her on Twitter and on Facebook