Open Letter to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Surveillance

The following email was sent to Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Aug. 6. My name is Clay Davis, and I am the Community Outreach Director for a local, grassroots organization called We See You Watching Lexington. We are a group of citizens concerned with the lack of transparency and oversight regarding government use of surveillance …

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Letter to Lexington Urban County Council Members

The following letter was sent to all Lexington council members on Aug. 6, 2018 Dear council members, As I’m sure you’re aware, the LFUCG sued me last year in order to keep information about 29 “mobile surveillance cameras” the LPD owns and operates a secret. While I have not particularly enjoyed fighting a lawsuit, I …

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City of Lexington Acknowledges Need for Surveillance Oversight But Its New Policy Misses the Mark

On April 30, 2018, The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) took a surprising and unexpected step by acknowledging the need for oversight and accountability for the use of surveillance in the City of Lexington. The council enacted a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that directly relates to the use of surveillance cameras in and around …

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Councilmember Fred Brown Doesn’t Understand What He’s Doing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2017) - Last week, We See You Watching Lexington outreach director Clay Davis had a phone conversation with Lexington Urban County Councilmember Fred Brown. Brown spearheaded efforts to place surveillance cameras in Lexington parks. From the conversation, it became clear Brown has very limited understanding of the issues surrounding government surveillance. …

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Lexington Park Surveillance Raises Issues of Transparency and Oversight

The following op-ed appeared in the July issue of the Kentucky Gazette The sudden appearance of cameras in a Lexington park raises broader concerns about the unregulated and secretive spread of surveillance technology in communities throughout the commonwealth. The array of four cameras sit perched on a pole overlooking the Berry Hill Skate Park, giving …

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