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Dallas Police Use License Plate Scanners to Track Citizens

Regarding the recent article in The Dallas Morning News concerning police scanners, there was a statement made in the article by a policeman to the effect that although scanners could be abused, they were not being abused.  Yet, the article itself contradicts that by stating, “During investigations, police can use the data to spot behavioral trends, such as frequent visits to a coffee shop.”  So now, the police think citizens are acting suspiciously if they frequent the same coffee shop on a daily basis.  That citizen’s name undoubtedly goes on a list of people who should be “watched.”


This is abusive police conduct because it violates the right to privacy, defined many years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court as, “The right to be let alone.”

by Arch McColl, a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dallas, Texas.

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