Thursday, August 28, 2008

When fuzzy dice become probable cause...

There are a lot of places you could go to read this story, but nobody will tell it better than RC at Big Bend Bikers for Freedom:

Federal Court Rules Driving with Air Fresheners is Suspicious.

Federal appeals court rules that motorists can be stopped for 30 minutes and searched if they are nervous and use an air freshener.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson IIIA federal appellate court ruled last week that police can delay a routine traffic stop as long as necessary to conduct a search for drugs. In its decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the validity of a thirty-minute traffic stop in Maryland because the arresting officer claimed the nervous driver had an air freshener hanging from his rear-view mirror and had previously been spotted driving in a run-down neighborhood.

O.K. so if you want to read the rest of this gig you can go here. But do you really need to?

Cause like here's the gig, when the courts decide that nervousness+air freshener=sufficient cause for stop and search then no more needs to be said.

It's one of the reasons we took a few days off from posting. When the citizenry of this country feel like it's o.k. for police to search your ass because you got a damn air freshener hanging from your rearview mirror well then hell, everything we write on this here little site is pissing in the wind.


[Shaking winky to get the last few drops off...]

Remember, RC, the warning signs have been there all along.

1 comment:

rc said...

Throughout time we have been warned.
Throughout time we have ignored the warnings.

Voltaire:

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.