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From: C WAYNE TAYLOR
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:40 AM
To: Jackson, Allen L. – City Attorney
Subject: Jackson – Standard Parking – AG opinion
Dear Mr. Jackson,
Have you seen the recent opinion from the Attorney General regarding the use of license place recognition technology? I am wondering how it might affect Standard Parking’s use of the technology.
C. Wayne Taylor
Beginning April 1, Standard Parking will begin using License Plate Recognition Technology to assist with ‘booting’, or immobilizing, vehicles with three or more outstanding parking tickets. Link
From: “Jackson, Allen L. – City Attorney” <Allen.L.Jackson@Richmondgov.com>
To: C WAYNE TAYLOR
Sent: Friday, February 22, 2013 8:22 AM
Thank you for your interest.
Last week, Scott Burger, Silver Persinger, C. Wayne Taylor and Tatnall, all regular harriers of City Council and the mayor’s office, rolled out Better Government for Richmond, a new citizen advocacy group they hope will be a vehicle that allows more people to invest in the time-consuming business of holding city officials to account. Link
This case could have long-term ramifications for the civil rights of Virginians. Possible issues might include prior restraint of speech as it applies to social media, the ethics of police agencies suing bloggers for writing articles, as well as the practice of using civil lawsuits, with their lower evidentiary requirement of preponderance of evidence, instead of relying upon the constitutionally approved methods of obtaining warrants in order to conduct invasive investigations. Link
Judge Gregory L. Rupe of Richmond Circuit Court entered an order last week granting the Richmond Police Department’s request for an injunction in the case against Nathan Cox and Mo Karn, the anarchist who has clashed with police in the past over whether she has a right to publish certain police documents online. Link
Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. last year ordered an extensive internal investigation to root out the source of leaks in his department after the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported he employed a dozen family members.
Lewis said she was interviewed for nearly two hours by the administrative panel and then, two days later, was called in to take a 90-minute polygraph test. The questions included whether she liked the sheriff’s family, whether had she called the sheriff a hypocrite and whether she had referred to the sheriff’s internal affairs department as clueless, she said.
1. How could a person block a sidewalk that is already blocked by the police?
2. How could a person block passage if no one was trying to pass by?
3. How could a person block passage if half of the sidewalk was clear?
4. How could a policeman claim his way was blocked when he didn’t attempt to pass by?
5. Why did a policeman tell a citizen she was blocking the sidewalk and later tell her she could stand there?
6. Why didn’t the policeman tell the citizen where she could stand and observe?
7. Why was one citizen denied passage, but another citizen was allowed to pass through?
8. Why did a policeman give someone 5 seconds to avoid arrest and then walk away?
9. How could the city afford to use six policeman and three squad cars to talk to a citizen?
10. Was it proper conduct for a policeman to whistle a tune at a citizen?
11. Was it proper and safe for a police vehicle to travel in the wrong direction on a public street?
12. Was it proper and safe for the police to totally block a public street?
12. If police act this way while being recorded, how do they act when it will be one person’s word against theirs?
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