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Speed camera shooting death fuels debate in Arizona

April 28th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a CBS News report the debate over the first statewide speed camera enforcement program in the nation has reached a boiling point following the fatal shooting of a camera operator.

Critics of Arizona's program condemned the killing but vow to fight what they call unfair and overly intrusive government. Supporters of the program say camera opponents have inflamed the public, and that the speed cameras have made highways safer.

Doug Georgianni, 51, was killed on April 19, as he operated a speed-enforcement van on a Phoenix freeway. Thomas Patrick Destories, a 68-year-old Phoenix man, is being held in Maricopa County jail on a first-degree murder charge in the death. He has declined to comment.

According to court documents, Georgianni was sitting in the van when Destories allegedly pulled around the vehicle and fired multiple gunshots, reports CBS affiliate KPHO-TV in Phoenix.

Authorities haven't said what they believe the motive might be, but said the two men had never met. Many simply assume the killing was the latest and most extreme backlash against Arizona's photo-enforcement program.

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