According to the DC-6 ordinance: "It shall be unlawful for any person [to] ... be in or about any place where gaming or the illegal sale or possession of alcoholic beverages or narcotics or dangerous drugs is practiced, allowed or tolerated[.]"discrimination is not dead in this country.
What that means, essentially, is that a person can be arrested simply for being in what police designate as a "known drug area" -- even if he or she just walks down the street or chats with a neighbor. That's problematic, says American Civil Liberties Union Legal Director Gerry Weber, because the law is so ambiguous that it invites discriminatory enforcement and therefore may be unconstitutional.
03 February 2007
walking while black
in what first seemed like a snippet straight from the onion, comes a story of an Atlanta community under siege by arbitrary law enforcement.