Chalking tires to enforce parking rules is unconstitutional, court finds

A federal appeals panel ruled in a Michigan case that a parking officer who marks your tires with chalk is trespassing.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reinstated a 2017 case brought by Alison Taylor, who was issued 15 parking tickets in three years in Saginaw, Michigan, by the same parking enforcement officer, who’s described in the suit as the city’s “most prolific issuer of parking tickets.”

Taylor argued that marking tires with chalk constituted an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. But a U.S. district judge in Michigan dismissed the suit in 2017, writing that even if chalking a tire is a search, it’s a reasonable one, because a piece of chalk isn’t an “information-gathering device” that could violate Taylor’s privacy, like a GPS tracker, for example.

Two of the three members of the appeals panel on Monday agreed that chalking a tire is a search. But they disagreed that it was a reasonable search.
— Read on www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/chalking-tires-enforce-parking-rules-unconstitutional-court-finds-n997326


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