There’s a lot of confusion these days, some might even say a troubling amount, regarding what proper police procedures are and what rights citizens have while those procedures play out.
For instance, a huge point of contention in the Sandra Bland dash-cam video is whether or not Ms. Bland was allowed to smoke a cigarette during the interaction and the details regarding her exiting the vehicle.
If you open a major newspaper these days, you’re likely to find a column advising citizens of their rights during a traffic stop and what it is that police officers can and can’t legally do.
In, Illinois, the South Holland Police Department is currently reviewing videotape from a traffic stop that is causing more than a little controversy.
Needless to say, with pretty much every American essentially being their own television station, thanks to smartphones and social media, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of these from here on out.