Thursday, July 30, 2015


An officer stopped a suspect for having no front license plate.  It escalated into a shooting and the officer killed the driver.  The prosecutor complained about the nature of the low level stop.  He complained about the probable cause for the stop.  Not because the stop was illegal, but rather because it was a low level crime.

If police are not supposed to make stops for low level crimes, then simply eliminate them from the criminal code.  Police are supposed to investigate activity that is suspicious and then arrest violators, or cite them or warn them as appropriate.

Too often recently I have heard people complain about the nature of a police stop.  They did not deny that the person was guilty of an offense.  They said the offenses were too minor for police to bother with.  How big of a crime should have to happen before the police should take action?  American police do a good job, people need to back off and let us do it; that's what the SGT Says.

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