Wow. I just read the original post. Scary.
Normally when a police officer searches a vehicle or any personal effects, he has to have probable cause...for example, if you're pulled over and the officer detects the odor of marijuana, that would be probable cause enough to search your vehicle, person, and personal effects. Or, if he suspects you have a weapon, for safety reasons. I guess I don't see what probable cause he had here...maybe b/c the spotter had a camera, this met the criteria of "suspicious activity"? Or, maybe he was "hoping" he had something he could've busted him on...you know, to be a "hero".
I dunno. I can understand them asking some basic questions, but some of their actions were unnecessary. It's sad that we live in a country where law-abiding citizens are treated like criminals. If this is what our nation has come to, the terrorists have already won.
Personally, I think he should have consulted a lawyer. I'd love to see some sort of legal action on behalf of law-abiding spotters!
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