Look at this shooting. The reason for contact (only one functioning brake light) is valid legally, but what do people think about cops pulling people over for minor infractions like that?Â They donâ€™t like it.Â Following the logic, they will like it even less when someone gets shot as a result of a â€œbullshitâ€ stop.
I know what the cop was doing, he was likely hunting for criminals and people who have warrants. I see it pretty regularly. Cops pull over crappy cars for equipment violations, hunting for an arrest. Poor people who canâ€™t afford to fix busted tail lights often canâ€™t afford to pay their tickets, their child support, or their court fees. Their driverâ€™s licenses are frequently suspended and they regularly have warrants.
So, aggressive cop looking to arrest â€œbad guysâ€ pulls over a beater car and runs everyone inside for warrants. About 25% of the time he gets lucky and gets an arrest or a bunch of tickets. Every once in awhile, bad shit happens, innocent people die and the cop ends up in the national media spotlight.Â Is it worth it to take the chance of such a negative outcome to enforce a relatively inconsequentialÂ traffic violation ?
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