Thursday, August 6, 2015
Smile for Big Brother. "ATF confirms surveillance cameras installed throughout Seattle."
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed to Crosscut Thursday that they have placed video cameras throughout Seattle to, according to Special Agent Brian Bennett, “support an ongoing federal criminal investigation.” This comes in response to questions regarding a camera installed on 23rd Avenue and S. Jackson St. The location of other cameras is unclear. ATF is the lead agency of the Puget Sound Regional Crime Gun Task Force – a partnership to reduce gun violence that includes the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Corrections. However, according to Bennett, these cameras belong to ATF and were not requested nor monitored by the Seattle Police Department.