William Montanez maybe an unlikely hero for civil libertarians, but the Florida man — arrested on drug and weapons charges — did 44 days in jail for refusing to unlock his phone for police. Would you endure that to guard your liberties, or perhaps just racy pics of your partner? Should the law prevent police from cracking phones to solve crimes?
Mayor Chuck Espy of Clarksdale, Mississippi, offers to pay drug dealers, gang members and other criminals to leave town…$10,000 each from his own pocket. Is this a good-hearted politician trying to give folks a second chance, or a fool offering a bad incentive with worse consequences.
President Donald Trump signed a law that uses local cops to build a national database of DNA, and you might be in it. You don’t have to commit a crime to wind up in it. Liberty much?