[Unreasonable search and seizure practices]
Original Airdate: 11/21/1989
Item Type: newstape - edited story master
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Description : Abstract
Jan von Mehren reports that the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Boston Police Department on behalf of minority youth in Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester. Von Mehren notes that the lawsuit accuses the Police Department of engaging in unreasonable search and seizure practices. Von Mehren's reports includes footage from a press conference with John Roberts (Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union), Bill Owens (State Senator), Caroline Marshall (mother of plaintiff), and Margaret Burnham (attorney). Roberts says that statements by the Boston Police Department provoked the lawsuit. Marshall and Burnham speak out against unreasonable police practices. Von Mehren quotes Paul Evans (Commissioner, Boston Police Department) as saying that the police are not violating anyone's Constitutional rights. Von Mehren reports that many students at English High School support the lawsuit. Von Mehren interviews English High School students Tony Moss, Hector Pinto, Reginald Verdieu and Alexia Baez about their experiences with police officers.
Contributor : Reporter
Jan von Mehren
Subject : Keywords
African Americans - Relations with law enforcement
Subject : Personal Names
von Mehren, Jan
Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Police Department
Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union
Type : Genre
News - Unedited
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