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The Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union files a class-action lawsuit on behalf of minority youth
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[Unreasonable search and seizure practices]
Original Airdate: 11/21/1989

Length: 00:03:12
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
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Subject : Keywords
African Americans - Relations with law enforcement

Subject : Personal Names
Baez, Alexia
Burnham, Margaret
Evans, Paul
Marshall, Caroline
Moss, Tony
Owens, William
Pinto, Hector
Roberts, John
Verdieu, Reginald
von Mehren, Jan

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Boston Police Department
Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union

Type : Genre
News - Unedited

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