Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops – BlackListedNews.com   3 comments

Source: TheNewspaper

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

“Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,” ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. “No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the Michigan State Police should be willing to assuage concerns that these powerful extraction devices are being used illegally by honoring our requests for cooperation and disclosure.”

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Posted April 20, 2011 by bubbabutt in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops – BlackListedNews.com

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  1. Without probable cause? If so, we’re still in the death mode in Government, aren’t we?

    Victor Barney, LeHigh Acres, Florida 33971
  2. bubbabutt, I think that I like you! In the “Jackie Gleason” way, of coarse!

    Victor Barney, LeHigh Acres, Florida 33971

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