Extending criminal or civil immunity from the law will likely lead to violations of privacy, racial and religious profiling, and interference with constitutionally-protected activities. In other states, this legislation leads to more dead ends than substantial intelligence gathering. What is even more troubling is that anyone who is not a law enforcement professional and has no professional training or background can determine what “suspicious behavior” is. There must be a balance of power between accuser and accused. HB 578 and SB 2078 disrupt that balance by limiting an individual’s right to seek legal redress for false accusations. The ACLU of Mississippi opposes HB578 & SB2078.
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