Unbelievable Unwarranted Search Without Consent
If you aren't convinced we are becoming a police state, watch this video. What was she being stopped for, suspicion of hiking?
The woman denies consent to the search repeatedly. Her denial is ignored.
Law prof Jonathan Turley comments:
This video of a San Bernardino police officer circling and confronting a woman hiking in the desert has raised the anger of many about the increasing intrusion of police surveillance and operations. The officer lands his helicopter and confronts the woman without any evidence of reasonable suspicion, let alone probable cause.
The video shows the officer circling over the woman and shining its light at her. He then confronts her and demands to know what she is doing. She is polite and friendly, explaining "just exploring and picking up rocks." The officer then demands her ID, which she does not have, and takes down her name and date of birth. He then makes her wait while he runs her name through the police computer. The only explanation the officer gives the woman for being detained is that "We're investigating something right now." It is not clear why that investigation would involve checking to see if there was anything he could arrest her on.
Even after she is cleared, the officer demands to know if she has any weapons and tells her "don't put your hands in your pockets." He then searches her without a scintilla of reasonable suspicion.
My comment on YouTube about reporting police misconduct:
You can report this and the report will be investigated by his superiors. The complaint will go in his record and stay there -- at the very least. Please do report it. Call the Sheriff's department there. I just interviewed a police sergeant about this. Report, report, report police misconduct!