freedomisntfree saidAnother reason to decriminalize or legalize.
Decriminalize or legalize what? That makes no sense.
Ex_Mil8 saidThere are almost 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in the US. Is it any wonder there are inconsistencies to be found in the application of the criminal law?
I agree. There are always going to issues, additional training needed, renegades that do their own thing and in this case it seems that there might be an issue that needs addressing.
I don't see any reason when pulling someone over to search them in this manner. If you've pulled someone over for a moving violation or vehicle violation, why would you be patting them down? You issue a warning or a ticket and move on. If you are concerned with safety then a 'pat down' is just that, a pat down, not a cavity search. I would think that with the exception of the one case here where they felt the drive had drugs, the others were clearly 4th amendment violations. As for the other guy, if they didn't have probable cause to arrest him and they had no 'plain view' PC then a pat down for safety would be as far as they should be going. If the informant was enough PC to stop him then it should have been enough to arrest or at least detain him and take him to a more appropriate place for the full search.