Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXIX, No. 603 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY July 31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Gimme a brake! Problems with Dodge cruisers.
Equal opportunity: Women are drawn to bounty hunting.
Palm pilot test: Digital fingerprinting heads to the field.
Bum rap: Why some criticize red-light crackdown.
Cuff-links: Study prompts Las Vegas use-of-force changes.
The great unveiling: Muslim woman loses suit over license photo.
People & Places: Moose moves on; funny papers; the music man; coming out; going hog wild; blue parade for charity; boilover in Benton Harbor.
Solo artist: “Officer Charlie,” the Savannah P.D.’s one-man homeless outreach unit.
Good news, bad news: Preliminary UCR has both.
Playing tag: Micro-engraving may help ID bullets.
Say what? Supreme Court hedges its bets in new Miranda ruling.
Home opener: Washington cops train as emergency foster parents.
Mopping up crime: Market niche opens for crime -scene cleanup firms.
Forum: Mueller talks turkey with the ACLU.
Double whammy: Detroit PD agrees to two consent decrees.
Criminal Justice Library: A new study in black & white.
The way things seem: In Tampa, don’t even look like a drug dealer.
The smell of success: A dose of skunk odor chases LA criminals.

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Agreeing to disagree with the ACLU

     The ACLU has a long and proud history of standing up to defend the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The FBI and the ACLU share these values, as well as concern for the safety of all Americans.

     However, since 9/11, many complex law enforcement issues have arisen, and on some of those issues, we disagree. In meetings with ACLU members, we have discussed some of these differences. I think that this exchange of ideas is important – especially with those who disagree. Because as a citizen of this country, I believe, like you, that our freedoms — including the right to disagree — are sacred.