For ten years Indy Kelley has lived in the Sawyertown section of Elizabeth City. So it's no surprise to her that there's more drug activity in this community than anywhere else in the city. "You see activity on the corner, throughout the day," Kelley said.
"They could be on the corner. They could be walking down the street. They could be getting in and out of cars. Yes there's various activities that go on," she added.
That's why one member of city council is proposing putting surveillance cameras on the light poles. The cameras would cover several blocks and would be monitored back at the police department.
Just how much it would cost has yet to be determined. Kelley supports the idea. Quinton Johnson does not. "God forbid this ain't gonna never happen but if I run naked in my backyard, I don't need nobody on camera seeing it," Johnson said.
He also doesn't think surveillance cameras will stop dealers from selling."You can slow it down, but you ain't gonna stop drugs. You can try a deterrent, but you ain't gonna stop it. You ain't gonna stop it."
Mayor Pro Tem, Anita Hummer recommended putting the cameras in Sawyertown. This is her ward and she's been fighting to get drugs out of this community and the crimes that come with it for 13 years.
"It's most elderly people and they're just tired of having to get up and chase a prostitute off their front porch," Hummer said.
"I'm sure they'll just go someplace else but hopefully it will move them out of this neighborhood, that has suffered for so many years," she added.
Elizabeth City Council will vote on the cameras at next Monday's meeting.
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