Petition Closed
Petitioning Mayor AC Wharton and 4 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Mayor
AC Wharton
Deputy Director
LaSonya Hall
Interim Shelter Director
James Rogers
Shelter Advisory Board Chair
Stephen Tower
Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods
Janet Hooks

Bring back the webcams to the Memphis pound

The city of Memphis removed the public webcams after images of what appeared to be abuse and neglect were revealed to the public. Interim director James Rogers has indicated that the public can still see what's going on by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for security camera footage. These very costly requests are sometimes ignored by the city or delivered with significant content missing. An expensive FOIA request that may or may not be fulfilled is not the equivalent to public access to the webcams. Further, the city says requests must be filed quickly as the data is overwritten within days. If the public had access to the webcams, viewers could notify the city of a FOIA request for a specific camera view and targeted time period before the footage is overwritten. Without the public webcams, filing a FOIA request for the security camera footage is a shot in the dark.

The animals at the Memphis pound deserve the protection afforded them by the public webcams. How many more employees have to be charged with animal cruelty before meaningful reform, including transparency, is instituted at the pound?


Letter to
Mayor AC Wharton
Deputy Director LaSonya Hall
Interim Shelter Director James Rogers
and 2 others
Shelter Advisory Board Chair Stephen Tower
Director, Public Services and Neighborhoods Janet Hooks
I just signed the following petition addressed to: AC Wharton, Janet Hooks, Lasonya Hall, James Rogers, Stephen Tower.

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Bring back the public webcams to the Memphis pound

The city of Memphis removed the public webcams after images of what appeared to be abuse and neglect were revealed to the public. Interim director James Rogers has indicated that the public can still see what's going on by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for security camera footage. These very costly requests are sometimes ignored by the city or delivered with significant content missing. An expensive FOIA request that may or may not be fulfilled is not the equivalent to public access to the webcams. Further, the city says requests must be filed quickly as the data is overwritten within days. If the public had access to the webcams, viewers could notify the city of a FOIA request for a specific camera view and targeted time period before the footage is overwritten. Without the public webcams, filing a FOIA request for the security camera footage is a shot in the dark.

The animals at the Memphis pound deserve the protection afforded them by the public webcams. How many more employees have to be charged with animal cruelty before meaningful reform, including transparency, is instituted at the pound?
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Sincerely,