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When will police officers learn to stop sticking their bodies through the windows of stopped vehicles?

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Preliminary comment: I think that it is time for those who train police to stop sticking their heads, arms, shoulders and torsos through the windows of stopped vehicles. Relatedly, policemen shouldn’t be trying to snatch a driver’s keys through a vehicle window.

Case: Johnson v. Yonkers, Dist. Court, D. Maryland 2015

Comment: This is not a hugely exciting case. No one was killed, even badly hurt. No one even went to jail. It is just another data point among many (for example, GOOGLE: dubrose tensing) that tend to show that it is bad police practice for the police officer to put himself through the window of a stopped vehicle.

Another comment: On some traffic stop videos, we see drivers refusing to roll down their windows all the way. Not recommending that you do that, but preventing the policeman from putting his body parts through the window seems like a pretty good reason to just put down the window a little bit and not all the way.

Written by Burgers Allday

August 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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