Latest aerial surveillance plan deserves its legal challenge | READER COMMENTARY
For The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 16, 2020 at 1:06 PM
The Washington-based Police Foundation recommended the city conduct "a rigorous evaluation" next to determine whether the program could be adopted in a cost-efficient, effective and transparent way. (Baltimore Sun video)
As a city resident and an attorney, I hope the federal judge hearing the case, Judge Richard Bennett, will adopt the requirement that Mr. Vignarajah proposed in his op-ed from before he was a candidate. Without a warrant, every case will be challenged, maybe not by the ACLU but by defense attorneys, and this issue will have to be repeatedly relitigated. The ACLU’s lawsuit may help resolve this issue once and for all.
Politics has made it harder to do the right thing in this case. Inflexible views, on either extreme, do ordinary citizens no good. We need to respect public safety and community privacy, and a warrant requirement is a smart, sensible compromise that would achieve both. Let’s hope Judge Bennett sees that, too.