To The Editor:
Sheriff Levorchick correctly understands the real issue, which is our fundamental right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure on our persons and property.
No doubt these plate scanners save time and effort for our law enforcement, and the appeal of new technology is understandable; but these “gifts” from DHS come with strings attached.
Recall the Trojan Horse from Greek mythology.
I for one, am delighted to partially opt-out of the NSA billion-dollar database center slated to open this fall in Utah; at least as a resident of Ottawa County, Ohio.
Militarization of local police was expressly prohibited following the Civil War; and reiterated in 1981. The Ottawa County Sheriff “gets it” and has made a gutsy call; and the correct one.
Let's hope other Ohio Sheriff and Police Departments will follow suit and not succumb to a phony trade-off of security for privacy.
This is a most welcome turn of events. Notwithstanding recent passage of Boater Freedom Act on Ohio waterways, our Federal agencies (DHS, Border Patrol) should also be required to observe maritime due process.
Port Clinton, OH
Editor's note: The Ottawa and Erie County sheriff office's and other local police agencies all received federal Homeland Security grants for license plate readers. The Department of Homeland Security installed cameras on police cruisers, telling local officials the readers would provide operational assistance to deputies. The cameras provide a feed of license plate and GPS information to the DHS but don't provide operational assistance. Sheriff Levorchick, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth and some other local police commanders subsequently removed the cameras from the vehicles.
County Sheriff Stev Levorchik and Erie C