Feb 4, 2011
Respected former detective weighs in on biometric ID case
The very best law officers have one thing in common; they want to get the bad guys and protect the innocent. But what happens when the tools offered to law enforcement to get the bad guys also threaten the innocent? This is not a new dilemma for law enforcement but with the myriad of changes taking place in recent years on both the legal and technological front, it must be an incredibly tricky one now.
Steven Spingola is doing something very important. He is opening a dialog on issues that desperately needs an airing among those who swore an oath to serve and protect the people of the United States.
Spingola is a former Milwaukee Homicide Detective, an author and nationally recognized investigator whose excellent reputation proceeds him. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a death investigations expert, a police shooting reconstruction expert and is formally trained in investigative analysis. (Read more about Steven Spingola)
This former detective is truly is an investigator to his core. Not satisfied with accepting anything at face value he is examining issues at what must be an uncomfortable intersection for anyone involved in law enforcement.
I continue to heartened by the positive feedback I have received from members of law enforcement and am most grateful to Steve Spingola for his courage in bringing issues such as this to the fore.
From The Spingola Files, Feb. 4, 2012
When Oklahoma native Kaye Beach sought to renew her driver’s license, she refused to comply with that state’s version of the Real ID Law.
In Oklahoma, and throughout 26 other states, including Wisconsin, the one digital photo taken at the counter will no longer suffice. Instead, applicants are required to submit to several photos, including a full body profile.
When Ms. Beach declined to acquiesce to the new array of photographs, officials from Oklahoma’s version of the Department of Motor Vehicles denied the renewal of her driver’s license. Predictably, a time came when Ms. Beach had a traffic related law enforcement contact, at which time she was cited for driving without a valid operator’s license.
But instead of simply walking like a sheep to the slaughter to renew her permit, Ms. Beach fought to have her citation dismissed and then filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s Real ID law.
Why is Kaye Beach making such a fuss? After all, what is so difficult about submitting to a series of photographs?