Many young (and some old enough to know better) just are not well grounded in the Constitution. This means that if the SUPCO says you can, you do. Discretion is of the utmost importance at this time to assure citizens’ rights remain protected. There will probably come a time when ‘shall arrest’ or ‘shall do’ laws will remove an officer’s right to exercise discretion in the application of the law. I know that in some states ‘shall arrest’ laws are in place for domestic violence cases. That means the officer must arrest a subject or the officer can be charged with a crime, such as dereliction of duty, contempt, etc. Important to understand.
The Supreme Court ruling in Utah v Strieff awarded the police total freedom to stop any citizen, at any time, to do whatever they desire. The Supreme Court determined that the “poisonous fruit” of a police officer’s stop of a citizen can be used against them at trial. This has wiped out, in reality, any constitutional protection you thought you had. This is a sad day for the United States, for the Supreme Court has officially created a full-blown police state and clearly has no intention of honoring why this nation began the entire American Revolution — to prevent illegal searches that allowed the king to look for anything he could use to prosecute citizens.
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