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City says no plans to post surveillance footage

Published On: Nov 04 2013 12:30:06 AM CST

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MADISON, Wis. -

Was the city of Madison going to publicize surveillance camera footage?

A recent Capital Times article said the city could soon put security camera footage online for public viewing.

But now Madison's information technology manager in charge of those cameras says that fear is unfounded.

"I was a little surprised to see the focus of the story," said Rich Beadles, Data Center Manager for the City of Madison. "And the headline and the first couple of paragraphs and how the story was put together."

The article by reporter Steven Elbow alleges an online release is close to being a reality. Elbow says he’s sticking by his story.

"Just because the city pushed back on this, you've got people rethinking what they said," said Elbow. "But they told me what they told me."

The article does say the plans are in their infancy among city officials, but those same officials are now saying that they had never even talked about such plans.

Beadles said the city is working to find a way to let nearby law enforcement and engineering departments watch traffic flow and crime trends and not to give the general public access to surveillance footage.

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