Stop! And Say Cheese

Wilmington Police Are Snapping Pictures Of People In High-Crime Areas And Taking Names. Is This Legal?

Martin Mills, 25, keeps a low profile in order to stay safe in his tough neighborhood. He cleans hotels for $250 a week and then goes straight home to a three-bedroom house in a predominantly African-American area on the north side of Wilmington, Del. He lives with five of his six children and his girlfriend. His younger brother was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the head a few years ago. "I don't bother anybody," he says. "I try to do right, keep a cool head." He needed one on Sept. 3, when seven or eight cops descended on him as...

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