Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess sponsored legislation today that would authorize up to $1 million to install surveillance cameras in some of the city's violence-plagued neighborhoods.
Mr. Burgess wants to integrate the surveillance cameras with a gunshot-detection system he proposed in February.
That system, called ShotSpotter, uses microphones to detect gunfire and notify police immediately. The legislation to purchase the $150,000 system is still pending.
Mr. Burgess said in a press release the recent shootings in Homewood and elsewhere in the East End -- one of which left a police officer critically injured -- underscore the need for the cameras.
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