KINGSVILLE, TX — A panel of judges unanimously held that the presence of bumper stickers, air fresheners, and religious symbols can be “reasonable suspicion of criminal activity” during a traffic stop.
VICTORIA, TX — An elderly man was slammed to the pavement and tased when a police officer mistakenly thought that he had violated the state’s “vehicle inspection sticker” law.
LAS VEGAS, NV — An attorney who survived being shot by police now faces up to 12 years in prison after a drawn out trial.
IOWA — The birth of a couple’s baby girl was marred by excessive policing on the way to the hospital.
HAMMOND, IN — After witnessing a motorist allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, police escalated a violent confrontation to the point of shattering a window to extract a passenger when he claimed not to have an ID.
COLUMBIA, SC — Dashcam video captured the moment an unarmed man was shot by a state trooper while being confronted about alleged not wearing a seatbelt.
SPARTANBURG, SC — A surprise annual enforcement blitz in Spartanburg County is largely about stealing cash from harmless motorists, an analysis shows.
ROANOKE, VA — A wheelchair-bound man was taken to the ground face-first and handcuffed because he rode his motorized scooter on the shoulder of a road against traffic, the way pedestrians are legally supposed to. Police impounded his scooter and took him to jail.
OREGON — Police are announcing a blitz of forced ‘no-refusal’ blood-draw warrants for drivers this holiday weekend.
The circumstances involving how Navarette came to be stopped and his truck subsequently searched provided the basis for a Fourth Amendment case that ultimately went before the highest court in the nation. At issue is whether the Fourth Amendment allows police to stop a vehicle based on an anonymous tip of reckless driving without first witnessing the alleged behavior.
NEW MEXICO — A federal appeals court has ruled that driving one’s hands at the “ten-and-two position” is reason enough to pull someone over for further investigation. No traffic laws have to actually be broken Additionally, the court ruled that facial acne is reason enough to suspect the driver is a drug smuggler.
MISSOURI — A military sound weapon called the LRAD is trickling its way into domestic agencies across the country. Its latest application will be for use against drivers on Missouri’s highways.
ILLINOIS — A man was startled to receive a text message from a strange number chastising him for using his cell phone while driving.
HAMPTON, FL — A tiny town in Florida has earned such a reputation for corruption that some are seeking to erase it completely from existence. The town government apparently exists exclusively to extort money from drivers through traffic tickets and line the pockets of those politically connected.
NEW YORK CITY, NY — An 84-year-old man was hospitalized after he incorrectly crossed the street and could not understand the commands of NYPD officers who wanted to adjust his lawless behavior.
A combination of non-suspicious driving characteristics can give rise to the suspicion of criminal activity in the opinion of the full Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals. In a Christmas Eve ruling, the judges weighed whether Border Patrol agents were right to conduct a “border stop” of a red Ford F-150 pickup truck on Interstate 15 while 70 miles north of the border with Mexico.
Federal contractors have been setting up roadblocks in cities across the country with the purpose of collecting DNA samples from passing motorists. The multi-million dollar federal program has been disturbing drivers and alarming civil libertarians.
RICHLAND HILLS, TX — A woman was arrested because she hadn’t responded to an overdue traffic ticket after a mere 60 days. Not only was she taken to jail, she was forcibly strip searched.
SORRENTO, LA — Citizens are asking why a cop who hands out speeding tickets like candy is exempt from the same laws that he so enthusiastically enforces.