Coral Gables, FL Resident Raul Mas Canosa Sues City Over Automatic License Plate Readers
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Coral Gables, FL Resident Raul Mas Canosa Sues City Over Automatic License Plate Readers

October 17, 2019


Just imagine if a police officer followed you around. Just following you in your car everywhere you went and that would make you nervous. And now imagine if that same police officers followed you around everywhere you went for the last three years. The city of Coral Gables is a suburb of the city of Miami. Beautiful residential community that happens to sit right in the middle of Miami-Dade County. I’ve lived here practically my entire life. It’s the city that I love but Big Brother has now taken over our city. We have now automatic license plate readers and closed-circuit television cameras positioned all throughout the city of Coral Gables. I reached out to the new civil liberties Alliance because I realized quite frankly that my own government, The city of Coral Gables is spying on me 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year-day and night. And I think that’s wrong. The constitution of both the United States and in this case the state of Florida is very clear. Government can’t follow you around and record your movements when you haven’t done anything wrong. We’re asking this court to prevent the city from operating its system without reasonable and constitutionally appropriate lines. They have no right to this information in the first place and information in the government’s hands. It can be dangerous. We took this case to defend our client’s civil liberties and to set an important precedent about automatic license plate readers and how they can and can’t be used. Part of privacy part of Liberty is being able to say it’s none of your business, but the government has a record of everywhere They’ve traveled in the city then that right is really empty. I went to the city of Coral Gables and I had to sign a release form to request the information that they have on me. They sent me roughly 80 pages of documents of images of me traveling throughout the city of Coral Gables. It’s clearly my vehicle in some cases. You can see my dog’s head sort of sticking out the window So they basically have a daily diary of my movements. If I’ve done nothing wrong. I have no criminal record. Okay. Why is my city monitoring me? This isn’t government protecting us. This is government invading our privacy We’re gonna wake up one morning and find out that we have no more rights left that they’re all in the hands of government. That bureaucrats can surveil us whenever and wherever they want. I’m not ready to sort of roll over and just say okay fine, go ahead and do it. Track me 24 hours a day. I don’t think that’s right.

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  1. finally! this needs to be stopped, we are a free society and our younger generations are growing up in this Orwellian 1984 situation and its up to us to reign in this practice

  2. Yeah, so, -now when do WE regular people get this exact SAME ACCESS to these cameras too? Also…why can't WE the people get keep camera level total surveillance upon these "watchers over us" have >???? 
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    I demand total listening devices in all meeting rooms and public surveillance cameras in each city/state officer's personal automobiles, homes AND specially their business offices…after all, if they are not hiding anything, why should these types refuse this simple, little request?? ;-))

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