Police use traffic stops give random citizens the last few items on their shopping list
As part of the Uplift Someone Christmas initiative, the police department in Lowell, Michigan, pulled over a handful of drivers for a variety of supposed traffic violations, but instead of getting a ticket, the random citizens got items on their holiday shopping list.
A Justice Department report released last year suggests blacks are more likely than whites to be pulled over and have their cars searched
Though the developers of the soon-to-be released "Driving While Black" smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it.
Three recent court cases pit law enforcement against privacy advocates
Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These records are getting harder to obtain.
Gregory Zullo was illegaly searched, had his car towed and was billed for towing fees
The American Civil Liberties Union has brought a lawsuit against a Vermont police officer who they claim illegally detained a man, towed his car and then charged him a tow fee even after they found no crime was committed.
Being pulled over by the police is one of the most nerve-racking situations that a driver can go through, and it's even worse when you know that the officer has you dead to rights for speeding well over the posted limit. In this video, the driver of a heavily modified Ford Mustang with a claimed 966 horsepower at the rear wheels could have easily lost his ride for doing triple-digit speeds and street racing, but a friendly Texas police officer appears to send him on his way with a simple warning
Court ruling prohibits police from using smell of marijuana as reason for car search
In recent months, a number of states across America have made it easier for law-enforcement officers to meet the standards necessary to search a motorist's car without a warrant during a traffic stop. Massachusetts is headed in the opposite direction.
Participation was voluntary for study, but Texas motorists were confused
Police officers in Fort Worth, Texas, set up a roadblock on a busy city street last week, and directed motorists into a parking lot, where they were asked to submit samples of their breath, saliva and blood.