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A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth.
"I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday.
He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their questions.
He said he wasn't told what the swab was for, but added, "Clearly it was for DNA."
"Our rights are being violated more and more every day," he said. "It's another way of government intrusion into our lives."
reply to post by alldaylong
Sorry, should have specified in my comment. It's Reading, Pennsylvania, US. One of the most impoverished cities in the US and home to a high number of illegal residents.
We had the same thing happen in Fort Worth. In fact the Chief of Police is in a bit of hot water with the citizenry and a local congressman for not publicly stating that this was all voluntary. Apparently the way the operation was run in FTW it appeared to most if not all motorists that they had no choice but to pull over and submit.
In Reading, the place where this happened is in a not-so-nice part of town, and the residents are mostly Hispanic.