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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ACLU battles Boulder over Chautauqua Park searches

From KDVR:
The American Civil Liberties Union is -once again- taking issue with the City of Boulder’s policy of searching bags and coolers brought to Chautauqua Park on July 4th.

City officials say the searches are necessary due to the risk of fireworks sparking a wildfire in the open space park. The ACLU, however, says they violate the Fourth Amendment protecting people against unreasonable search and seizure.

In a letter to the city last month, Boulder ACLU chapter chairman Judd Golden said the practice 'does little more than flaunt the City's police power by subjecting OSMP (Open Space and Mountain Parks) visitors to 'consent or leave' unconstitutional searches,' the Daily Camera reported.

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