Do you know your rights during a traffic stop?

You must educate yourself on your rights and the tactics that police use to achieve their goals. There are many police officers and departments that use traffic stops as a pretext to initiate an unjustified investigative stop in order to obtain probable cause or consent to search your vehicle. This is perfectly legal and has been affirmed by the Supreme Court in many court rulings.

A police officer can follow you without probable cause or reasonable suspicion for as long as he/she wants until you violate a traffic law, no matter how minor the violation is.

It is well documented, "a persevering police officer, armed only with a copy of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and bent on subjecting a vehicle and its occupants to an unjustified investigative stop, will ultimately be able to accomplish that objective virtually at will."

The only defense that you have is knowledge. Be aware of your rights and the tactics that police use. Without this knowledge, you don't stand a chance against a police officer well versed in the law, especially one that uses a pretextual traffic stop as a cover for racial profiling.

We have provided much information here and on the resources page. It is fact, racial profiling by law enforcement is alive and well in the United States Of America.

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Things you should know when you have been stopped for a traffic violation.

  1. Be aware that it is not against the law for police officers to lie to you. Do not mistake a friendly tone in their voice as a casual conversation. They are attempting to put you at ease so that you are more willing to answer their questions. And thus either gain your consent or find probable cause to search your vehicle. Often they will tell you that you will only receive a warning.

  2. If at any time the officer asks, "Can I look in or search your vehicle?," Firmly state, "I do not consent to searches." This may not stop them from searching your vehicle, however it places a higher burden on them for searching your vehicle and may provide you legal recourse if they do perform a search.

  3. When the officer says, "You are free to go, or the traffic portion of this stop is over," say nothing else, turn around, get in your vehicle and leave.

If you have any doubts about the tactics that law enforment officers use to subject certain individuals and ethnic groups to unequal enforcement of the law, then you must read this paper. Car Wars: The Fourth Amendment's Death on the Highway by David A. Harris.

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All freedom loving Americans, especially people of color must continue the fight for racial justice. Equal protection under the law is only a myth.