From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about access to the Earth Day festivities over the weekend.
Mike wrote in saying he was trespassed from the Earth Day Celebration at Idlewild Park for refusing to allow them search his bag.
Mike is wondering how police can trespass someone from an event that is open to the public, and held in a public park.
Joe checked with Reno Police, and they could not comment. But they referred him to the Reno City Attorney's Office.
Deputy City Attorney Jack Campbell said the Earth Day event was put on by a private promoter. That promoter obtained a permit for the event, and as part of that permit, Earth Day participants were not allowed to bring bottles or alcohol into the event. That is why staff was searching people's bags as they entered.
Campbell said it is similar to Disneyland or a concert you would attend. Since it is a private entity, they can make the rules, even though it is on city property.
Campbell also pointed out that in this day and age, when there are so many threats and violence at public events, cities and government agencies argue the public's concern outweighs an individual's right to privacy in some cases. That is why you are seeing more searches of private property taking place.