Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2019. 12:52 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Police Department has reportedly issued a new directive to regional commanders which is sure to cause concern from several sectors of society. A document, purportedly a directive from the Commissioner of Police, instructs officers conducting vehicular checkpoints to take a full description, pictures of vehicle and license plates plus particulars and photos of all occupants.
The officers are further instructed to send all documentation to their respective Whatsapp chat blogs “in case” the information becomes necessary in the future. “Commanders are to ensure the directive is complied with,” the purported document ends. The document also cites Police Operations Commander, Marco Vidal, as the directive’s originator and is dated for December 27.
Already there has been outcry on social media from critics questioning the policy’s constitutionality. The practice of police randomly taking photos of people during routine stop and searches had come into question several months ago and the Commissioner at the time had conceded the practice was not right.
BBN queried the validity of the directive with the Police Department public relations unit, however, received no response.