Police To Search City Beachgoers
By aaroncynic in News on Jun 4, 2010 8:40PM
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Illinois ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka raised some understandable concerns, telling the Tribune, “Generally a person who is on a public way, which clearly the pathways up and down the lakefront are, has an expectation of privacy in their purses and backpacks and briefcases.” The Chicago Police however, stated that officers have jurisdiction to search, as it is Chicago Park District property.
While most people have complied with the random searches (those who refuse are asked to leave their bags behind), we have to wonder how effective they will be. Unless Ald. Daley’s plan also includes random pat downs and breathalyzers, people will still try to find a way to sneak booze onto the beach. In addition, we shouldn’t be so flippant about what could potentially be a violation of the fourth amendment. Finally, if alcohol is the only fuel for the violence, why would the city approve more licenses to serve near the beach?