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Michigan Supreme Court to hear Grand Rapids “print and photo” case


The Michigan Supreme Court has announced the cases it will hear during its November oral arguments. One is a civil rights challenge to a controversial Grand Rapids Police Department policy.

The policy allows officers to photograph and fingerprint people they want to question who don’t have an I.D.

ACLU of Michigan attorney Dan Korobkin says that violates the 4th Amendment. And he says it’s typically been used against teens and minorities who are stopped, but never charged with anything.

“The issue here is why do the police really need to be out there on the street taking people’s photographs and fingerprints just on the side of the road?’

Korobkin says it’s also a privacy violation because it leaves the department with a database of photos and fingerprints of people who’ve never been accused of a crime.