Seattle PD Picked on the Wrong Folks
From the Post-Intelligencer:
“A drunken street golf game with foam balls has led to a serious civil rights issue, pitting computer geeks against police practices.
Eric Rachner, a Seattle cyber security expert and one of the golf players, wasn’t satisfied when the city dismissed charges against him after a possibly illegal arrest for refusing to provide identification.
Rachner discovered through sleuthing that police had withheld video-recorded evidence in his case.”
Cops claimed that 1) they lost the recording and 2) they arrested him for reasons other than not identifying himself. Both claims are proved to be false by the video — which indeed was still in their possession.
Maybe we should start suggesting to people that they refuse to identify themselves. It might be my next step…