|Monon Trail crime victim Jim Knapp|
Surveillance cameras along the Monon Trail, including one at the spot where 64-year-old man was attacked over the weekend, are out of order, police said.
Two of the four cameras along the Indianapolis stretch of the trail are currently not working, Indiana Homeland Security officials confirmed to RTV6.
Officials did not say how long the cameras had been out of order.
The revelation comes days after Jim Knapp was riding his bike Sunday and was attacked in the 2100 block of the trail, suffering broken ribs and several cuts.Fox 59 News has more on the empty excuses offered by the Ballard administration for the latest public safety failure:
It was a brutal beating that was not caught on camera even though a camera was close by.
"They'll turn black, or they won't move the way we want them to, or focus in," said Gary Coons, City of Indianapolis Chief of Homeland Security.
Coons said the surveillance cameras that were installed along the trail a few years back are not always operational. In fact, he said two of the four cameras are currently down.
"If we see it go down. we're in the process of approving a contract so we can go out and fix them immediately," said Coons.
Federal grants gave the city the opportunity to have extra eyes on the trail, but Coons said that money does not usually cover long term maintenance in every situation. Also, the current process takes time, meaning the cameras may be down for a few days at a time.
"If we have three or four that go down, it could take a little bit. We have a 100 or so cameras out there that we maintain," said Coons.