Monday, November 22, 2010

CONTROVERSIAL? Group's ID cards stir up things

Issuing ID cards is simple. Take a photo. Type in some basic information. Laminate.

Nothing to it. Certainly nothing controversial.

Yet when the element of official recognition of such cards gets tossed into the mix, it can become toxic.

Such is the case with cards being issued by CHANGE — Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment — to members who might lack a state-issued identification. During a routine news conference earlier this month, Chief Scott Cunningham of the Winston-Salem Police Department said that officers would use the card to help identify people they encounter.

“The hope is that by recognizing the CHANGE ID card we can be more efficient and effective in our interactions and that we can assist the public better,” Cunningham said.

Who could argue with that?...

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