Lancaster approves police aerial surveillance

LANCASTER, Calif.

The Lancaster City Council on Tuesday approved the use of a small fixed-wing plane that will allow sheriff's deputies to monitor suspected criminal activity.

The "eye in the sky" will circle the city 10 hours a day at a cost of $90,000 a month, but officials said they have the revenue to afford it.

The sheriff's department denies the plane will be used to spy on Antelope Valley neighborhoods.

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