posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 04:26 PM
Originally posted by SpittinCobra
I see Illegall search and seizure EVERYDAY. Here in chicago the detective ride around in unmarked cars all day in the streets. If there are people
are on any of the conners just doing anything, they will get out of there cars, turn everyone that is there search them, and I mean shoes off and all.
If they see a couple of brothers in a car, it dont have to be a pimped out ride, it can be a hunk. They are being pulled over, thrown out of the
cars, searched the car searched, if nothing is found they will send them on there way but if they do find, HIT.
Yep, happened to me less than a week ago. I'm not black, but I am a student, and I was driving with a friend at night...an unmarked car pulled out
behind us, flashed the lights, turns out they were pulling me over for not wearing a seatbelt. When I talked to the cop, he asked me to get out of
the vehicle, explaining "you and your friend aren't acting the way people normally act when they're pulled over". He then gave me DUI tests,
which of course I passed because I wasn't under the influence of anything, than he asked if we had anything illegal in the car, I said "no"...he
asked if he could search the car if there was nothing inside, I told him I don't consent to a search. So he got kind of pissed off and started
threatening me and outright lying about things. Eventually he just let me go with a seatbelt warning because he knew he couldn't do a damn thing,
they only can if you give in to their intimidation tactics. Even after I told him "I dont consent to a search" he was looking around in the front
seat with a flashlight briefly before stopping...
Even if you are doing nothing wrong, you should never ever consent to a search, because you are giving up your constitutional rights that protect you
from unlawful searches. Once you consent to a search, they can use anything they want against you in court. They don't have a right to look in your
car, unless they have a clear probable cause...a seatbelt violation and "acting strange" isn't enough. I didn't have to submit myself to DUI
Also, I can be almost 100% sure that if an elderly lady had been driving by herself in my car without a seatbelt on, there's no way in hell the cops
would have pulled her over. It's just profiling people by race and age, then following them around until they forget to signal, don't stop
completely at a stop sign, or if they do anything slightly wrong. Everytime I drive on campus and see people pulled over, it's always students, and
most of the time they're black.
[edit on 21-7-2004 by Shoktek]