Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Withdraws Request For Easier Police Access To Patrons’ Info In Case Of Emergency
The Mayor’s Office has withdrawn a request that the Omaha library board make it easier for law enforcement to access patron’s information.
Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, had asked the board to change its policy about releasing patron information to law enforcement.
Currently an officer has to obtain a subpoena or warrant to get information from a library card.
It already was a controversial suggestion. And this week, the American Civil Liberties Union weighed in, saying the proposal would be unconstitutional.
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