August 8, 1947
ACLU representative A.L. Wirin, an attorney, is asking Superior Judge Henry M. Willis to rule that those recent crime crusher street blockades are unconstitutional and must be stopped. The search and seizure of property belonging to people who just happen to be driving through a blockaded intersection is, Wirin states, intolerable and unreasonable.
Police claim a decrease of 18.2 percent in reported crimes in the blockades sections of the city, and seek to continue the practice. In an affidavit filed at the Court, Assistant Chief of Police Joseph Reed insisted that only cars containing suspicious characters were being searched, and that for law-abiding citizens, the stop was no more inconvenient than a traffic light. A side issue is the fact that public funds are being used to finance the blockades.
Judge Willis took the case under submission.
Suggested reading: In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU