Archive for November 18th, 2010

New Police Tactic

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

In today's news, the latest insanity from the front lines….


Huntington Beach Might Post DUI Arrests on Facebook

Huntington Beach, CA.  Nov. 18
– Huntington Beach is considering a new tactic in its crusade against drunk driving: public shaming on Facebook.

The city's Police Department is looking into posting the names of suspected drunk drivers on Facebook, said Lt. Russell Reinhart…

Reinhart said the Police Department began looking for a new way to publicize drunk-driving arrests after the Huntington Beach Independent, a community newspaper published by The Times, stopped running listings of the arrests.

 

Note:  the police are destroying people's reputations — based upon an arrest, not a conviction.  There is nothing in the plans for retractions when those arrested are acquitted or have their cases dismissed.  

Note #2: Huntington Beach is not some quirky little town, but a metropolitan city of over 200,000 in Orange County, California – about 10 miles from my law offices.
 

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