MPD has installed a mobile camera unit at the southwestern entrance to Court Square on the Main Street Mall. Two cameras about 20 feet in the air record everything that goes on.
Glad to see the cameras there… for years the panhandlers have bought liquor or beer, sat in the park and drank, and then argued, fought, cussed each other loudly, bothered passersby… and then panhandled enough money for their next drink. Wash, rinse, repeat. Not a good “welcome to Memphis” for guests of the two hotels on the other side of Main Street. With the cameras there, the panhandlers will hopefully be on their best behavior. The camera is equipped with flashing blue lights in case they don’t get the point that it’s police equipment.