Philly D.A. responds to police camera controversy

July 1, 2010 3:42:43 PM PDT
Philadelphia's District Attorney is weighing in on an Action News investigation of crime cameras.

Last night, Action News reported on the city missing its goal of having 250 cameras up and running by last October.

207 cameras have been installed, but only 151 are working.

District Attorney Seth Williams says we need to find the money to get all the cameras working.

In fact, if it had been working, the camera at 28th and Jefferson in Brewerytown could have caught those responsible for Linwood Bowser's murder on May 2nd.

"I wish that camera was recording or televising what had happened and I'm sure other folks will look into it and find out why so that we can correct that and those that are supposed to be operational, so that they are," Williams said.

Williams, himself, is hitting the streets this summer to address violence in Philadelphia.

Action News was there for his first walk in West Philadelphia, which Bowser's mother also attended.

During the weekend walks, he will talk with members of the community about combating crime.