Nate Gartrell and David Debolt report:
A Bay Area man who advocates for privacy rights filed a lawsuit against three Contra Costa County sheriff employees, alleging that he was nearly arrested after a police license plate reader mistakenly flagged his car as stolen.
Brian Hofer, 41, filed the federal lawsuit in November, seeking unspecified damages. The suit names three sheriff employees as defendants — Deputy “K. Emley,” Deputy “B. Gant,” and Sgt. “W. Odom” — and alleges police held Hofer and his brother at gunpoint after their rental car was wrongfully reported as stolen.
Iroincally (sic), Hofer is chair of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, which has raised privacy concerns over law enforcement use of license plate readers.
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