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Rank-and-file police from Connecticut to Chicago to Los Angeles have opposed what some experts say is a slowly emerging trend in the U.S. to collect officers' DNA. "From a civil liberties standpoint, there are a lot of red flags," said Connecticut Trooper Steven Rief, former president of the state police union. "It's not that the law enforcement officers are opposed to giving up their DNA," he said. "You need to have safeguards in place. Something that can tell you ... something intimate about someone needs to be treated with the utmost care." ... No kidding!Read more »
mystery man arrested on minor charges more than three weeks ago remains behind bars in Utah while law enforcement officials try to determine his true identity, which he refuses to reveal.
"This is really a strange case," said Lt. Dennis Harris with the Utah County Sheriff's Office. "He just doesn't want to be found."
Now in his fourth week of incarceration, the man added another twist to the story recently by hinting he had business of some kind outside prison that he would need to attend to.Read more »
I was outside my residence late at night having a cigarette when a police officer decided to harass me for my I.D. He drove around the corner and saw me putting my cigarette out and throwing it in the dumpster. He got out of his squad car and asked me what I was doing. I said hi and told him my first name, then I explained that I live here in the apartment complex and that I usually stay up late and was just out having a smoke. He asked if I had ID and I told him I didn't have any on me because I don't take my wallet out with me when I'm home just to go have a smoke.Read more »
United Parcel Service begins new security measures today.Customers without a pre-printed shipping label attached to their package will have to present a government-issued photo identification or be turned away, according to a company memo that KXTV-TV obtained.Read more »
The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed a man's conviction for Refusal to Identify Self, a Class C Misdemeanor. The man was a passenger in a car driven by his girlfriend, who was stopped for making an illegal turn. After obtaining the girlfriend's (driver) identification, the police officer questioned the passenger as to his identity. The man refused to comply. He was then arrested, and later convicted at a bench trial, of Refusal to Identify Self, a Class C misdemeanor.Read more »
Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls "the most secure city in the world." In a partnership with Leon -- one of the largest cities in Mexico, with a population of more than a million -- GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners. That will help law enforcement revolutionize the way we live -- not to mention marketers.Read more »
Sylvie Nelson's border crossings are anything but routine. Customs agents sometimes order her out of her car. Twice, they handcuffed her in front of her young children. Once, agents swarmed her car and handcuffed her husband, too.
She tells them: It's not me you want, it's a man with the same birth date and a similar name. Agents always confirm that and let her go.
Then it happens again. And again.Read more »
Starting July 1, any licensed server selling alcohol for off-premise consumption will be required to card all Hoosiers -- regardless of how old they look. That means all retailers from supermarkets to package liquor stores will be turning away customers without identification.
Anyone who fails to check for ID during a transaction can be cited with a criminal misdemeanor.Read more »
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