Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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The headline journal/sentinel story "Mobile Computers allowing police to issue more tickets", is somewhat of a surprise to judges and lawyers who had no advance notice, unless published in special topic publications. The issuance of multiple citations is presumably based on an actual traffic violation which was not intended by the police officer. That raises the issue of probable cause and other constitutional rights.
The article was absent of examples of the types of violations generated by the computers, but more important the article states that the state Division of Motor Vehicles,i,e., Department of Transportation/DOT , got the software free by way of a federal grant.
The story has special emphasis on the City of Milwaukee police issuing mountains of tickets and then having the Municipal Court reduce the fines and the points.
Enforcing the law with modern technology is certainly an efficient way to catch the lawbreakers and take them into the justice system and saves lives. The police are entitled to have this modern technology to make their work easier and use their time for more incidents.
The technology also causes crowded municipal courtrooms, more challenges, more personnel , more overtime for the court staff, more security and lack of a paper trail as evidence.
The advent of computer justice is all inclusive of the entire justice system which finally reaches the judge without the input of a human/humane person who dispenses equal justice for all.
Lastly, do our local communities have computerized citations ?
A public forum is in order and city hall should lead the discussion.
THANKS FOR THE CLARIFICATION. MAYBE THE POLICE DEPT WILL OFFER A DEMONSTRATION. A BIGGER ISSUE IS THE REDUCTION OF FINES AND POINTS BY MILW. MUN. CT. THERE ARE NEEDY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY TOO WHO DESERVE DUE PROCESS OF LAW. THE SHOTGUN APPROACH IS NOT EQUAL JUSTICE.
may 18th. still working to master the new system for blogging. Scott. Does City of BF PD have this new computer system ? you have a competent city attorney for advice for your legal questions. And, is it true that fire and police commission meetings were held at a private place ? Also, why does the plan commission first reveal the demolition of a historical site----Stone Wood Village----and why were their past actions not made public ? Does the mayor have a record of unrecorded meetings with staff , aldermen and citizens which affect the public ? The City of Milwaukee has a system that makes it very difficult to contest parking tickets and new municipal court legislation pending will restrict the collection of court fines. Has the mayor informed the common council that I met with him and made him aware of the consequences and changes in the midst of becoming law?
yes, the safety of persons on the highways is paramount to careless driving, which is the message I sent to the young drivers for 34 years. the police need all the tools available to enforce the law. before DNA felons, including child predators and murderers went free. being a former police officer mayor speaker has an ideal subject to be a "speaker", but since he has chosen in the past to let the police "speak" for Speaker , don't expect much. If a mayor has a particular expertise then it is incumbent to use it for the public good. Brookfield, with Bluemound, Capitol and other developing speedways are a hazard to the public safety which is No. 1. Traffic laws came into effect with the tin lizzies and the roaring 20's when speed and disregard for life became a lifestyle and destroyed lives.