Police harass with impunity
My name is Shawn Hansen and the reason I am writing this letter is because Monday night October 9, 2006 my wife and I were pulled over by the Wooster Police Department after they had followed us for a good 5-10 minutes. When they pulled us over they asked my wife for her driver’s license, registration, and insurance. She happened to not have her license on her, so she gave the officer her information. Then they asked for my ID. I gave them my license. They ran us both for warrants and we both came back negative.
Next they asked my wife if they could search the car and she told them no. So they brought out the dog and had him sniff the car and said that he got a hit “. We continued to ask the police why they had pulled us over and they said that it was because my wife failed to stop behind the crosswalk sign at the stop sign (Her tires were allegedly over the white line at the stop sign). They pulled both of us out of the car and patted us down. They also reached inside our pockets and when they did they allegedly found one pain pill on me and three on my wife.
After searching us they searched the car, but failed to find any drugs. After all of this was over. The complete search were they even had me take off my shoes, they advised us that they were letting us go, but that they would forward the information about the pills to the prosecutor to see if they wanted to pursue charges.
About half an hour after we arrived home one of the officers showed up at my door. We let him in. He told me that he would be willing to drop the whole thing if I would do a drug buy from someone I know. I told the officer that as far as I knew this person did not sell drugs. The officer said that they knew differently and that that was too bad and now I would have to see what the prosecutor wants to do.
I believe that my 4th and 14th amendment rights were violated and that I was subjected to police harassment. I tried to call the profile hotline and the representative who I spoke with told me she couldn’t help me since it wasn’t a case of racial profiling even though I’m half black and white and my wife is white. I really hope that you can help me though. The police should not be allowed to get away with harassing citizens like this. I’m poor and can’t afford a high powered attorney. I know if I had the money to pay for a good attorney I could nail these rogue cops to the wall. Please help me and the publicity of this case can be used to help the ACLU. I am sure the average citizen will find the police’s behavior outrageous.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />