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Cops demand removal of "Undercover Police Officer" sticker from minivan.

Post by JaysonAych on Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:56 am

http://news.yahoo.com/indianapolis-woman-sues-police-being-stopped-over-bumper-195849635.html

An Indianapolis woman has sued the city's police department, contending that an order to remove an "Unmarked Police Car" bumper sticker from her minivan violated her rights to free speech, the group representing her said on Monday.

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on Friday argued that Indianapolis police did not have the right to question and make demands of Pamela Konchinsky after pulling over her vehicle earlier this month.

"We contend that the police officers who detained and interrogated our client without legal grounds to do so violated her constitutional rights," ACLU attorney Kelly Eskew said in a statement. "The promise of our Constitution is that these lines cannot be crossed."

According to the complaint, Indianapolis police officers told Konchinsky the bumper sticker would make people think she was impersonating a police officer and could get her shot, before demanding that she remove it from her rear window.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lieutenant Chris Bailey said the department did not comment on pending litigation.

Yes, someone could see the Undercover Police Officer sticker on the back of that Toyota Sienna, think the driver is the world's stupidest undercover police officer, and shoot at her.  :\ 


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Post by Honor on Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:35 pm

I don't know about all that, but I'm not surprised they would consider that impersonating an officer. Also, this doesn't seem like a free speech violation.
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Post by Turbojett on Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:02 pm

Sure the sticker is all in good fun, and there's no way anyone with brains would actually believe it (for so, so many reasons); but yeah, the lady should just take that sticker off. I sort of see the cops' point, that it is sort of impersonation, but not the way they do.
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Post by Talon on Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:59 pm

Some people are just out to cause shit. She is one.
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Post by Honor on Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:25 pm

Turbojett wrote:Sure the sticker is all in good fun, and there's no way anyone with brains would actually believe it (for so, so many reasons); but yeah, the lady should just take that sticker off. I sort of see the cops' point, that it is sort of impersonation, but not the way they do.

I could see some old people falling for it perhaps.
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Post by Tailhappy on Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:11 pm

I got pulled over by a State Trooper in a Ford Aerostar* once, so anything is possible as far as type of official vehicle.

*Fully marked, and had a lightbar and spotlights.
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Post by Honor on Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:28 pm

That thing must be a joy in high speed pursuits.
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