CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When thousands of demonstrators flock to uptown Charlotte this weekend for the Democratic National Convention they won't have to worry about being seen.
Security cameras are blanketing the area. The signals will be fed into the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s new million-dollar Command Center.
"We have the ability to see a lot more than what you saw in there," said Deputy Chief Harold Medlock when the department unveiled the center in March.
The center was tested during CIAA week.
Some protest groups recognize how important cameras are.
The group ‘Anonymous’ has been linked to violence. Its leaders asked members to disable RNC cameras in Tampa by any means necessary. There have not been any reports of any successful efforts.
Dr. Beth Bjerregaard, Chair of UNC Charlotte Criminal Justice Department, said cameras may not deter ‘Anonymous,’ but it gives others something to think about.
"I'm not aware of any studies that have been done, but common sense tells you if people there (are) on film and there is the possibility their acts may be captured that's going to deter people," said Bjerregaard.