Editorial by Cathy Mendonça, Community Leader
March 15, 2015 (San Diego) “Walking while brown and walking while black.” A call for pedestrian stop data, and the demand to end curfew sweeps
“These sweeps are not productive, and give police the right to detain children without cause and put them into the system.”
Curfew sweeps, a form of pedestrian stops, violate rights of parents/guardians to direct the upbringing of their children and violate youth’s 1st, 4th, 9th, and 14th amendment constitutional rights by; limiting their free speech and association and to move about freely, giving law enforcement excessive power to detain children while using unreasonable search and seizure, also by establishing a suspect classification based solely on the age of a group of individuals.
Regrettably to date, thousands of innocent youth have been arrested and detained during curfew sweeps, forced to pay large fees or attend a diversion program, for a…
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