Friday, November 20, 2009

San Francisco cops seize laptops, DJ equipment at after hours parties without arresting people

Here’s a new one: cops in San Francisco (perhaps other cities) have been seizing laptops and audio equipment from after hours parties without making any arrests. A number of fund raisers and events have been raided, supposedly because the promoters did not have proper permits. Police would seize equipment not only of DJ’s but of other people attending the parties, and would hold the property for three months or more for “investigations.”

What's next, netbooks or Blackberries? Be careful about the after hours parties you go to?

The story is in the San Francisco Weekly, by Jennifer Maertz, Nov. 16, 2009, “S.F. cops may have gone too far in seizing DJ gear at underground parties”, link here. It sort of reminds me of the former Washington Blade (now DC Agenda) having to fight to get its Archives back.

Electronic Frontier Foundation headlines this story today.

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