WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — Communities Helping All Neighborhoods Gain Empowerment (CHANGE) approached Winston-Salem Police Chief Scott Cunningham about a new kind of identification card. The ID is for people without proper identification.
“When the police interact with these people, it is very difficult to verify their identity if they don’t have anything on them, and it expands the interaction time,” said Cunningham.The card, which will be valid for one year, will have a photo, address and date of birth. It will also state that it’s *not a government issued ID card. Cunningham says he realizes the cards won’t be fool proof.
“There is the possibility that some of the information may be wrong, and we are giving out information to our personnel later this week about how to recognize, utilize and what safety precautions and credibility to give to the card.”
The video states that some of the people associated with the group CHANGE through their affiliates (‘Who is CHANGE?‘ / see list of churches affiliated with this group) are “not documented”. So I have the following questions concerning this-
- Who is paying for this?
- What is truly going to be accomplished through the use of these cards / how is this going to help the police department?
- Are these cards going to be accepted at the DMV for illegal aliens to get drivers license at some point?
- Why is CHANGE wanting to be involved in a project such as this?
- You can already get an identification card at the DMV, except there, you must prove that you are a legal resident. Are these identification cards going to reflect the person’s legal status? If not, then what will be the difference between CHANGE’s id cards, and the DMV id cards?
Email Chief Cunningham with your thoughts – firstname.lastname@example.org, and share them here.
We received Chief Cunningham’s response to a citizen that contacted him with the questions in this article. his response was:
There is significant misinformation about these cards.
The WSPD is not issuing them.
They are not be recognized as legal id nor anywhere near the equivalent to a state identification.
We are advising officers to look for these and utilize them to a reasonable extent to help identiofy who they are interacting with.
The reason for this is that having some form of identification is better than none at all.
Wow, “misinformation”. Doesn’t that sound familiar? The mere sound of that word makes me cringe now. We await his next response to Ms. _____, to her reply “Mr. Cunningham….you didn’t answer most of the questions. If there is misinformation, then it is because the WSPD has not done a sufficient job getting the info out to the public. Please revisit these and reply to each one:…”