ACLU: SC sheriff’s dept. arresting people for legal sex

GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) – The South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office routinely making unlawful arrests of women they suspect of being prostitutes and men who have sex with men, even though they haven’t broken any laws.

The ACLU says it sent a letter to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the State Solicitor’s Office on Wednesday demanding that “the local police department stop violating the constitutional rights of innocent people under the guise of enforcing public decency laws.”

The ACLU said the letter “outlines several incidents in which undercover officers approached people parked in their cars, sitting on their own porches or walking down the street and asked suspects to engage in illegal sexual activity, including prostitution and having sex in a public place. The individuals either declined or offered to engage in lawful private sexual contact, but were arrested anyway.”

“Consenting adults should not be arrested for acts that don’t break any laws,” said Victoria Middleton, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina. “These sting operations enable officers to make as many arrests as possible, while they do nothing to stop actual criminal activity from occurring.”

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