Taxi Drivers Sue Speedway Police For Seizing Licenses

The taxi drivers say the Speedway police took their licenses without cause on the Indy 500 race day.

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Police cars sit in the parking lot at the Indianpolis 500 speedway.

Several taxi drivers have are suing the Speedway Police Department, saying their taxi licenses were seized without explanation on Indy 500 race day.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk, who is representing the cab drivers in the class action federal suit, says the problem occurred on Main Street in Speedway after the race was over on May 26, as the taxis tried to pick up passengers who had been dropped off earlier in the day and who had arranged for pickup. He says police officers from Speedway stopped approximately 80 taxi drivers, asked to see their taxi licenses, then took them.

The lawsuit claims the department violated the Fourth Amendment‘s ban on unreasonable search and seizure as well as the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

“The state really has no business seizing your property without cause and certainly has no businesses taking something as important as the license you use for your livelihood without some sort of process,” Falk says.

A Speedway Police Department spokesman says officials there have not seen the lawsuit yet so they cannot comment on the case.

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