SCOTUS Further Entrenches Police Double Standard

In an 8-1 decision some are accusing of applying a double standard, the Supreme Court, led by John Roberts, has decided that the police can used seized evidence even when they gain said evidence by a misinterpretation or misapplication of the law, as long as the misinterpretation is “reasonable”: The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led Read more […]

Cop Searches Driver’s Car, Because He Was Acting “Too Polite”

You just can’t win. If you invoke your 4th and 5th Amendment rights with a cop who’s stopped you for whatever reason, that’s “suspicious.” The cop will claim that you must be hiding something. Why else would you not agree to answer his random interrogations? If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide, right? But if you decide to comply completely and politely, that’s also “suspicious.” “Hmm. He’s being really compliant. I bet he’s hiding something.” Read more […]

“Left Coast” Judge: Open Carrying Handgun Is NOT Reasonable Suspicion Of A Crime

I just wrote about a case involving an open gun-carrier whose confrontation with police stemmed from “suspicious activity,” which involved nothing more than walking around in public with a gun. Even though the charges against the man were dropped, the man filed a lawsuit against the police for false arrest. He lost the case. The judge had ruled that open carrying constitutes reasonable suspicion for police to believe that a crime has either been committed or is about to be committed. So, according Read more […]