City official wants LAPD access to traffic cameras

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A surveillance camera (AP Photo)

A surveillance camera (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles councilman wants police to have access to the city’s real-time traffic cameras following the Boston Marathon bombings, where surveillance footage proved vital to the manhunt for suspects.

Mitchell Englander introduced a motion Wednesday, asking police and transportation officials to look into how compatible the current systems are and how they may be integrated.

Englander says 460 traffic cameras are already being used by transportation officials, and that can help police catch suspected criminals.

The cameras are located at traffic signals throughout the city and are used to track the movement of traffic.

Earlier this week, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said he wants more cameras along Market Street, a major thoroughfare that hosts parades and major city events.

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