posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 04:51 PM
Yes, this # happens all over the country, countless times each day. One black guy in one of my classes said he was pulled over 9 times in his first
month of having his license, all for "routine traffic stops". My friend and I who got pulled over that one night are both white, and were dressed
nicely...I was driving a buick lesabre
The cops have a simple 3 step process that they use.
1) They look for a car with at least 2 Males driving around after dark, usually teenagers or young adults. Extra points awarded for driving a flashy
car, a really #ty car, being black or hispanic, playing rap music, etc. If you meet a few of these guidelines, the cop will usually pull out behind
you and wait for you to do something wrong...anything like a seatbelt, loud music, slightly rolling through a stop sign, don't signal when you change
lanes, etc. will be used to flash the lights.
2) Once they pull you over, they will go straight to asking you if you've had anything to drink that night...if they smell anything funny at all,
they will ask you to get out of the car, if there's anything suspicious about license or insurance, same thing. They will even say you were "acting
strangely" like they did the night I was pulled over (we both passed their dui tests easily). After you get out, they will test you for DUI.
3) After they get you out of the vehicle, and if you pass DUI tests, they will say, "well you dont have anything illegal in the car do you?" you of
course say "no", they say "well then I guess you wont mind if I take a look"...then once you consent, they will go through your car until they
find anything to use against you. The cops use these tactics, and wordplay, to make you think that you NEED TO let them search your car or else you
are guilty of a crime...this is completely not true. Not consenting to an unlawful search is your right, and it doesn't legally give them any kind
of suspicion that you are committing a crime. Usually at this point, most people will consent to the search and either get busted for something like
weed, or else be let off with a warning for their traffic violation.