Beware, police pat downs like this one were conducted over 1800 times a day in New York City in 2011, without any concern for whether or not the officers had any suspicion at all of wrong doing by the subjects.
First off, hat tip to Legal Insurrection for getting me fired up this time with their piece.
Stop and Frisk has been everywhere the last couple days after a federal judge ruled that the manner in which it was implemented was unconstitutional. In fact, the ruling didn’t say at all that the policy of stopping individuals in the street violated their 4th amendment rights against illegal searches. Instead the judges ruled that it’s application of stopping minorities, which commit the most crimes, was a civil rights issue in relation to racial profiling by the officers. The court felt no need to rule that Stop and Frisk itself was unconstitutional, only the ‘racial profiling’ done it’s application.
Their was no discussion on whether these stops had any legal standing in a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that the subject was committing a crime, the common standard throughout all police work. The only thing being said is ‘these cops are racist’ for stopping blacks and Hispanics. No mention that the stops themselves are most likely an overreach of the fourth amendment, as they are unreasonable, illegal searches performed without any suspicion that an individual has committed a crime. Who cares if it is Jesse Jackson, Jesse Ventura, or Jesse Garcia that is the subject of this liberty squashing unreasonable stop and search by Bloomberg’s Gestapo?
All men have a right to travel freely, whether on the streets of New York or on a Farm-to-Market Road in West Texas. We have a right to do so without being impeded by a state, local, or federal agent and be forced to surrender our liberties as free men so they can search each person, without any cause, or any suspicion that they have committed any crimes.
With the ongoing militarization of police in the US, how long until ‘Stop and Frisk’ comes to a neighborhood near you and looks like this?
Imagine driving done the Interstate and seeing the red and blue of the local sheriff behind you. You pull over, as you are a law-abiding citizen, and the officer stops behind you, gets out his car, and comes to your window. He asks a couple of questions about where you are going and how your day is, and then asks you to step out real quick so he can give you a pat down and peak into your front seat, back seat and your trunk. “Thanks for your Cooperation,” he says, ” I didn’t pull you over for any reason, you id nothing out of the ordinary; it’s just a new ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy of ours. You are free to go.”
Not many would think that this is a reasonable breach of your privacy, upwards of 1800 times a day a pedestrian in New York City are stopped by officers who need not make any effort to discern whether they have any reasonable suspicion that they have done anything out of the ordinary, let alone committed a crime.
The outrage should not we directed at ‘racial profiling’, the issue is so much larger than that, it is the populace submitting to the will of statists who make not even the slightest bit of accommodation in their policies for the God-given rights of their subjects, nor the powers granted to them by the people. We should be outraged at the entire concept of Stop and Frisk. It violated the very essence of freedom with it’s existence.
We should all be outraged at the gross violation of civil rights and liberties that occurs everyday by those whom so adorably refer to themselves as ‘public servants.’ The only thing being served is your rights and liberties on a silver platter to the political usurpers by their praetorian guard in blue. With an America that can’t even see the obvious violations of privacy and liberty occurring each and everyday in front of them, it is clear that any hope of restoring a constitutional republic is as far away as the heavens.