A story from ABC News says that police in Aurora, CO were looking for a bank robbery suspect. It says they had a “reliable” tip that the thief was stopped at a red light. They descended on the intersection and stopped all traffic.
Not having a description of the bank robber, not even gender, they went car to car, made everyone get out and handcuffed all adults. They asked permission to search their cars.
Wasn’t that nice of them?
In such a position, surrounded by police with your hands cuffed behind you, perhaps young children in the back seat, would you say no? Would you be just a little bit intimidated?
They got their man. “It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” (Police Officer Frank) Fania said. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”
Really Officer Fania? As a police officer you can’t say what’s “normal?” You were comfortable with handcuffing dozens of people whose crime was sitting at a red light? You never had a class in the police academy about the rights of citizens and what constitutes a legal search?
Folks, if we don’t protect our rights, the government will take them away. It’s the nature of the beast. And our beast is devouring ours at record speed (think TSA.) It’s time to wake up and pay attention.
Before it’s too late.