Posted: Oct 6, 2010 12:04 PM
Updated: Oct 6, 2010 12:33 PM
Source: Associated Press
The ACLU of Louisiana says complaints from residents spurred a request for New Orleans Police Department records on a practice of stopping and getting identification from people not accused of doing anything wrong.
A news release Wednesday says the ACLU has been told that police stop people, ask for identification, record it and let people go.
Marjorie R. Esman, Executive Director of the Louisiana ACLU, says that in a free country, nobody should have to account to police for being out in public.
She says the practice not only violates people's rights, it is also a waste of police resources.
Police spokesman Bob Young had no comment.
Under the law, the NOPD has until October 12 to respond to the ACLU's letter.