WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore interviewed ACLU of Illinois plaintiff Joseph Peery about the lawsuit filed today which challenges the Chicago Public Housing Authority's drug testing policy. Peery has lived in a mixed-income development on the site of the former Cabrini Green housing project, and must undergo annual drug testing in order to keep living there. WBEZ spoke with ACLU of Illinois attorney Karen Sheley:
“There’s no question that being forced to urinate into a cup, hand over the urine and have it tested by the government is a search that can violate the Fourth Amendment. In this instance, the government would have to come up with a really good reason for why Mr. Peery’s privacy and all the other CHA tenants’ privacy would be violated. We just don’t think they have a reason that justifies it,” said Karen Sheley, an ACLU attorney.