Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones

Coronavirus latest: Historic stimulus deal, Prince Charles tests positive, a third of the world on lockdown, and experts warn against Trump plan William Montanez is used to getting stopped by the police in Tampa, Florida, for small-time traffic and marijuana violations; it’s happened more than a dozen times. When they pulled him over last June, he didn’t try to hide his pot, telling officers, “Yeah, I smoke it, there’s a joint in the center console, you gonna arrest me for that?” They did arrest him, not only for the marijuana but also for two small bottles they believed contained THC oil — a felony — and for having a firearm while committing that felony (they found a handgun in the glove box). As they confiscated his two iPhones, a text message popped up on the locked screen of one of them: “OMG, did they find it?” The officers demanded his passcodes, warning him they’d get warrants to search the cellphones. Montanez suspected that police were trying to fish for evidence of illegal activity. He also didn’t want them seeing more personal things, including intimate pictures of his girlfriend. Five days later, after Montanez was bailed out of jail, a deputy from ...

Locks For Guns, Meds Aimed At Suicide Prevention In Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The City of Alexandria has joined an effort to limit access to lethal means for those considering suicide. The city is offering free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks. The free locks are part of the Lock and Talk Virginia initiative, which aims at safe and responsible care of guns and medication around the state. The initiative cites studies showing people are three times more likely to die by suicide when guns are accessible. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Virginia. It’s the second leading cause of death for the 15-34 age group and fourth for the 35-54 age group. Prevention efforts are aimed at restricting access to these lethal means and talking with those who are considering suicide. The city’s free firearm locks and medication lock boxes come with information on safe handling and tips on securing firearms and medications. If you’re looking for other ways to get involved with suicide prevention, check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s National Capital Area Chapter, whose board is led by Alexandria’s own Ali Wa...