Police Using Cameras To Watch Bar Patrons

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Lincoln police have installed street cameras at a busy downtown intersection to keep watch on rowdy patrons outside of local bars.

The cameras were placed at the intersection of 14th and O streets last month. The department paid $5,000 for both with money from a drug bust.

The intersection is a few blocks south of the University of Nebraska and a popular area during Nebraska football games. Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says the intersection is a "hot spot" known for assaults and shoving matches.

Marc Fortney, whose company owns Brothers Bar & Grill, says he thinks the cameras are a good idea, but he hopes police maintain a presence downtown. Chief Peschong says the cameras won't replace any officers on the street.

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