Atlanta installs police camera near where storekeeper was slain

Calling the device a “force multiplier,” city officials recently unveiled a security camera at a southwest Atlanta intersection near where a popular storekeeper was stabbed to death during a robbery.

“Cameras are a force multiplier for our officers, and we must ensure that they are present in all parts of the city,” City Council President Cesar Mitchell said in announcing the camera at Lawton Street and Westview Drive.

Baik Sung, 62, described by neighbors as a foundation of the community, was found slain July 2010 inside the grocery he had run for more than 30 years on the corner of Lawton and Westview. In June 2012, Oderrick Boone, 28, was sentenced to life plus 15 years for Sung’s murder.

The surveillance camera, paid for by Renew Atlanta funds, also will provide security for children going to and from M. Agnes Jones Elementary School, said Council Member Cleta Winslow, whose district includes the area.

The camera’s images will feed into the city’s Loudermilk Operation Shield Video Integration Center, where police monitor images from more than 5,700 cameras throughout the city.