8 Blog Posts From the pretext stops Tag


Another officer gets away with it

In recent legal news we have another serial criminal police officer, Texas State Trooper Jared Snelgrooes, and another team of prosecutors fighting against your civil rights. The aforementioned officer has a habit of pulling over cars because they are clean. (Thanks to thenewspaper.com for recent coverage and leagle.com for an older case.) He knows he’s […]

The failure of the exclusionary rule

Many years ago the Supreme Court created the exclusionary rule in an attempt to discourage violations of constitutional rights. With the rise of car travel and the war on drugs, it’s clear the rule has failed. Thenewspaper.com calls attention to a recent court decision. Driving along I-40 Deputy Leonard R. Armijo glanced in his rear […]

It’s like “Operation” with cars

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently ducked an opportunity to clarify a common pretext for traffic stops. A police officer got a tip that a man might have some drugs. But we can’t just go around searching cars because there might be drugs inside. Not in America. We wait for the car wheels to […]

Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?

One of the privileges of being a police officer is being able to plead ignorance of the law. It’s called “qualified immunity.” When a government official violates your rights, “I didn’t know that was wrong” is a legitimate argument. Sometimes the plea of ignorance fails. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a Kansas […]

A drop in the bucket

A series of stories is making the rounds saying Indiana police are enforcing the “slowpoke law” prohibiting left lane blocking. No, they aren’t. 100 tickets in a year statewide is not enforcement. My city writes more speeding tickets in a month. I expect Indiana police use the law like my police, for pretext stops and […]

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