Keep Columbia Free coalition toughens anti-camera campaign

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 9:07 p.m. CDT; updated 10:26 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 26, 2010

COLUMBIA — With the April 6 election looming, the Keep Columbia Free coalition has made clear its commitment to combating Proposition I, an ordinance that would allow surveillance cameras to be placed downtown in the central business district.

The group recently filed to be an official campaign committee, which would allow it to raise money for its cause, according to a news release. The coalition has joined forces with Liberty on the Rocks, the Boone County Liberty Coalition and community members to urge residents to vote no on Proposition I on the April 6 ballot.

The coalition does support the use of surveillance cameras in high-risk areas such as parking garages. Its concern is that the public could access any surveillance footage under Missouri's Sunshine Law. The footage could then be used to any end.

Columbia City Council has twice rejected similar proposals because of a lack of significant evidence that cameras deter crime or help in solving crime.

Keep Columbia Safe said it will sponsor a demonstration from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway, where protesters plan to wield signs and cameras.

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Ray Shapiro March 25, 2010 | 10:27 p.m.

("With the April 6 election looming, the Keep Columbia Free coalition has made clear its commitment to combating Proposition I")

-So like HOW DO I get to the "Keep Columbia Free" website?

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John Schultz March 26, 2010 | 12:26 a.m.

Good question Ray, but unfortunately it seems broken at the moment. I've emailed our webmaster, should be up early in the morning I would hope.

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James Downey March 26, 2010 | 8:10 a.m.

John, you may be interested in this piece: Drop me an email (available on that blog) when you get a chance - I'd like to help.

Jim D.

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Mark Flakne March 26, 2010 | 8:28 a.m.

I'm not sure what's up with the link in this story, but here is a link to our site.

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Rob Weir March 26, 2010 | 9:16 a.m.

Mark: It looks like the link in the site is working ok, at least for me. What browser/OS are you using?

Rob Weir

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John Schultz March 26, 2010 | 10:08 a.m.

Rob, previously the link in this story was pointing to another Missourian article on the downtown cameras instead of the Keep Columbia Free website.

Apparently I was in error when I stated the website itself (, not the Missourian) was not working properly. Seems like Opera on one my machines is not resolving the correct website, but my laptop is working OK.

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