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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Golly, I hope those old words sound familiar to you. And I hope you understand what they used to mean. Not any longer. The 4th Amendment is dead, at least in Colorado.

Welcome to life in the Police State:


Police in Aurora, Colo., searching for suspected bank robbers stopped every car at an intersection, handcuffed all the adults and searched the cars, one of which they believed was carrying the suspect.

Police said they had received what they called a “reliable” tip that the culprit in an armed robbery at a Wells Fargo bank committed earlier was stopped at the red light.

“We didn’t have a description, didn’t know race or gender or anything, so a split-second decision was made to stop all the cars at that intersection, and search for the armed robber,” Aurora police Officer Frank Fania told ABC News.

Officers barricaded the area, halting 19 cars.

“Cops came in from every direction and just threw their car in front of my car,” Sonya Romero, one of the drivers who was handcuffed, told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.

From there, the police went from car to car, removing the passengers and handcuffing the adults.

“Most of the adults were handcuffed, then were told what was going on and were asked for permission to search the car,” Fania said. “They all granted permission, and once nothing was found in their cars, they were un-handcuffed.”

The search lasted between an hour and a half and two hours, and it wasn’t until the final car was searched that police apprehended the suspect.
...
The other people who had been held at the intersection were allowed to leave once the suspect was apprehended.

Oh please ... the bank teller dropped a GPS transmitter in the bag. “Reliable tip” my ass.


AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The FBI has confirmed the man arrested in connection to a bank robbery in Aurora is the suspect they were looking for and acted alone.

The suspect has been identified as Christian Paetsch, 45, of Centennial.

The Wells Fargo at Chambers and Hampden was robbed just before closing time on Saturday. Shortly afterwards police shut down the intersection of Buckley and Iliff just southeast of the bank, corralling nearly two dozen cars in search for the suspect.

Police Chief Daniel Oates on Monday apologized to the innocent bystanders that got caught up in the search for the suspect. Oates also said the ends justify the means since the suspect was caught.

RCOB yet? No? Read on.

About 19 vehicles were stopped Saturday afternoon for about two hours.

Oates would not discuss the tracking technology used, but called it a “virtual certainty” that the suspect was among the 40 people stopped and handcuffed.

Paetsch had one previous arrest. Oates called him extraordinarily dangerous.

Oates said because of the description of the suspect a lieutenant made the decision to stop everyone in the area. Oates called the stops lawful and necessary.

You may cry over the next bit, but you have to thank the government schools for it:

Oats said the police department has received about five complaints regarding the methods used, but none of them came from any of the 40 people who were detained.

Nothing but sheep.

Oh, and just to piss you off a bit more, note how that as the cops searched each car - for which they had received permission by the HANDCUFFED occupants ( under duress MUCH??? ) - the cleared vehicles STILL had to remain in the intersection and were not allowed to go on their way. Detained, even though there were known to be innocent ... and left in place, in a possible line of fire should the robbers try and shoot their way clear.

Oates shouldn’t just be fired. He should be hung. And the LT too. And every cop who took part in this should be out of a job, no pay, no pension, no benefits. Gone. Because they DO know better. And if they don’t, then they have no business being cops. None.

h/t to SondraK


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