Csilverman Blog 9

The protest against injustice that I decided to talk about was the protest against law enforcement officials for violating innocent civilians rights. After a music teacher named Christian Paetsch committed a bank robbery stealing nearly 26,000 dollars in earnings, authorities had set up a road block using a GPS device that was buried in the 26000 dollars he stole. However due to the fact that there were 20 cars in the intersection that he was tracked at and only the slightest physical description of the person and vehicle that the device was in, the police trained their weapons on all 20 cars and ordered people to show there hands. For nearly two hours, the police ordered every driver and passenger out of their cars, and handcuffing some of these people before discovering the loaded firearms in Mr. Paetsch’s S.U.V. According to Mr. Belcher a lawyer on the case “the fourth amendment should keep the police from rounding up large groups of people at gunpoint based merely on a hunch.” According to the defense, a 4 year old girl urinated on herself while strapped in her car seat, and a mother was ordered to crawl through a passenger-side door and was then handcuffed in front of her son. David Lane a lawyer representing passengers in 6 cars said that his clients would seek a settlement with the city. My reaction to this is if officers rely purely on technology going forward, then cases just like this are prone to happen relatively frequently. They need to update there forces with the updated technology that continues to progress if they want to ensure that situations like this don’t happen again. Overall I do understand why this protest is taking place, I can see why many parents and children were extremely scared during this time when they did nothing wrong.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/us/case-pits-police-use-of-technology-against-citizens-rights.html?ref=policebrutalityandmisconduct

 

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  1. Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    This controversy seems to have very blurred lines. Where do we draw the line between violation of rights and safety? I think you did an excellent job of addressing both of these issues in this blog!

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  2. Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    This is a very interesting story. I think Avery made a great point about where you draw the line in this situation. The fourth amendment was being violated in this situation and that is something we must look at with caution.

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  3. Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    This is an interesting story. I am not quite sure if any police brutality ever occurred though. This is quite similar to a situation in which a crime has occurred; all possible suspects are round up. Especially if they are all coming from the same location. Each suspect is examined to find the true criminal, this I believe, is a situation where some people were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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