Ohio Supreme Court Approves Traffic Stops Based On Color

The color of a car’s paint can be enough to justify pulling over a driver who has done nothing wrong, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week. The justices were considering a case triggered by an automated license plate reader on May 20, 2016. The device was scanning and recording all passing traffic when a black 2001 GMC SUV drove past in full compliance with all traffic laws. Washington Court House Police Officer Jeffery Heinz looked at his screen, which pulled up all the personal information about the vehicle and its owner. He noticed the DMV registration showed the SUV being driven by Justin Hawkins was supposed to be white, not black. Thinking the car might be stolen, Officer Heinz ordered the driver to pull over…