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Tellico officials seek protection from secret recordings

Published: 8:44 AM, 12/10/2012

Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

TELLICO PLAINS-After moving forward with the first vote on an ordinance to change overtime rules in the Police Department, the Tellico Plains City Council addressed another issue within that department.

Mayor Patrick Hawkins recommended the board make an amendment to the Police Department's standard operating procedure manual's recording devices section.

"With editing that's out there, someone can edit a video to say whatever," said Hawkins.

Currently, police officers do not have to inform city employees or board members that they are being recorded. Hawkins suggested amending that section to where officers have to inform employees and board members if they are recording a conversation.

"Some of us have some targets on us," said Hawkins. "This would give us a bit of protection. This way it would allow someone to walk away from a conversation they didn't want to have."

Hamilton called the situation "dangerous," and Alderwoman Sherri Raby agreed.

"I don't mind being recorded if I know it," said Raby.

See full story in the Sunday, Dec. 9, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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