ACLU sues to block Manchester’s further use of surveillance cameras downtown
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City officials intend to “vigorously defend” a plan to install surveillance cameras in downtown Manchester, after the ACLU of New Hampshire filed a lawsuit looking to block the proposal.
The ACLU-NH, representing four private petitioners, filed a petition for declaratory judgment Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court on behalf of former state lawmaker Neal Kurk of Weare and three Manchester residents: Carla Gericke, John Slattery and Holly Beene Seal.
The cameras, which would capture live video of traffic on Elm Street, are illegal because they violate a state privacy law that specifically forbids capturing by camera identifying information like a driver’s face or license plate, according to the ACLU.