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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 08:14 AM
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(Boston) ACLU coordinator wrongly held, jury rules; Racial profiling at Logan alleged
Source: Boston Globe

ACLU coordinator wrongly held, jury rules
Racial profiling at Logan alleged

By David Abel
Globe Staff / December 10, 2007

A federal jury ruled last week that State Police
troopers at Logan International Airport unlawfully
detained the coordinator of the American Civil
Liberties Union's Campaign Against Racial Profiling
while he was passing through the airport in the
fall of 2003, attorneys on both sides said yesterday.

King Downing sued the Massachusetts Port Authority,
which runs the airport, and State Police, alleging
the troopers violated his constitutional rights by
unreasonably stopping, questioning, and asking him
for identification after he left the gate area. He
had arrived in Boston to attend a meeting on racial
profiling.

Downing, a Harvard-educated attorney who is black
and has a beard, declined to provide his identification
and was told to leave the airport. Shortly afterward,
he was surrounded by several state troopers, who
said they were arresting him for failing to show
identification.

About 40 minutes later, the troopers released Downing
after he showed them his driver's license and his
airline ticket, which they had requested. They never
filed charges.

-snip-

Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/10/ac...
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 08:26 AM
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1. LOL,LOL.....
Boy was that a cop's worst nightmare bust....a black, Harvard educated, ACLU lawyer, that is in town to coordinate the campaign against racial profiling. If they didn't have bad luck they'd have no luck at all. :spray:
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-10-07 10:22 AM
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2. What's the old saying? Something like paybacks is a bitch
but revenge is a mother f**ker.
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