I had a great time last night speaking to the Illinois State University chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. We had a wonderful discussion, and then watched 10 Rules for Dealing with Police
And, of course, one of the most important things you learn in that video (which I’ve been preaching for years) is “I don’t consent to searches” â€” a very important phrase that isn’t just for those with something to hide.
Remember that the innocent do not benefit from searches either.
- The search wastes your time.
- The search takes up the time of the officers, who should be out solving crime rather than wasting taxpayer dollars searching the car of an innocent person.
- Police may not be responsible for damage to any of your belongings as a result of the search.
- If anyone ever rode in your car and something illegal fell out of their pocket, you’re screwed.
- And now…
… the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that when a driver gave DPS troopers consent to search his vehicle, they were justified in taking out a screwdriver and dismantling his car speakers on the side of the road to look for drugs.
Remember, when police say that they will make sure things go easier on you if you consent, they are lying. They’re allowed to do that.
And, of course, don’t forget this Deep Thought:
Sometimes people say I shouldnâ€™t mind being searched if I have nothing to hide. I immediately accuse them of having a swastika tattooed on their genitalia â€” if they have nothing to hide, then surely they shouldnâ€™t mind dropping their pants to prove me wrong.
(You probably shouldn’t actually try using that with the cops.)