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News - June 21, 2019

Attempted robberies prompt police to patrol bridge

Less than a month after it opened, pedestrian-bike overpass is the scene of two violent crimes by youths

by Sue Dremann and Christian Trujano

East Palo Alto police plan to patrol the new bike-and-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 and are looking into adding surveillance cameras after two people reported being attacked by groups of youths on the span, police Cmdr. Jeff Liu said this week.

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25 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2019 at 8:20 am

8pm is not dark in the middle of June. 5pm will be dark in the middle of December. If people are being attacked on this bridge, it will not be used even in daylight.

EPA PD must do whatever they need to do to keep this bridge safe.

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Posted by Invisible Hand
a resident of Atherton
on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:07 am

While SF has a ban on facial recognition cameras, I don't think the same is true for Palo Alto or East Palo Alto. Since this is a pedestrian only bridge and it is not possible to track offenders by license plates/vehicles, then this would be an excellent application of the technology. If not, then maybe many sets of video cameras on the bridge and in the vicinity on either side.

6 people like this
Posted by Jeff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:21 am

Such a bummer.

6 people like this
Posted by Lauren
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Very sad that it only took 3 weeks to start getting negative feed back. I told you so's are coming left and right.

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