Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Illegal searches planned at Emricson Park
Like this line? "All vehicles and coolers are subject to search."
I don't think so! And you shouldn't, either. You may want to be prepared to assert your rights against unreasonable and illegal search.
Call your lawyer and ask if you must allow a police officer to search your vehicle. Ask your lawyer if you must open your cooler and allow a police officer to search it.
Also, ask your lawyer if it is lawful for a police officer to threaten you with arrest, if you do not permit a search.
Just because the City passes an ordinance does not make it lawful. Of course, you'll need the money to fight any arrest. And you might incur the wrath of a police officer or department, if you refuse.
Then you'll have to watch out the next time you get stopped right in front of your own house for a burned-out headlight that has been out for 15 minutes and 10 miles on a winter night. The cop might start to give you a warning notice. If he can write quickly enough and send you on your way, you'll be lucky.
But if a second officer shows up and reminds him that there is an order at the P.D. to ticket you and not give you a warning if you are stopped, then plan on parting with at least $100.